AI identifies politicians distracted by cell phone during debates
A artificial intelligence A tool (AI) capable of measuring the time politicians spend playing with their mobile phones during official government meetings and debates promises to spread the word in Belgium, according to The Next Web. Created by digital artist Dries Depoorter, the system started working on Monday (5).
The software, dubbed “The Fleming Scrollers”, has a facial recognition engine to analyze videos of Belgian government meetings which are broadcast live on YouTube. Working closely with AI, he is able to identify participating authorities as well as cell phones on tables.
By monitoring transmissions, the system can detect in real time who is using the smartphone. In addition, the program compares the time the device was used with the duration of the debate, indicating whether the official spent more time being distracted by the phone or paying attention in the meeting.
Importantly, the tool lacks the capacity to find out why the politician is using the smartphone. The device can be used to jot down information or respond to an urgent message, for example, while it would be serving something outside of work, such as playing games or checking social media.