AI artwork reveals the truth behind influencers’ Instagram photos

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The project gives us a real-time look at the moments that lead to the perfect Instaworthy shot (Image: Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

A new artwork using open-source cameras at popular landmarks reveals what goes into creating the perfect Instagram picture.

Belgian artist Dries Depoorter’s project is called ‘The Follower’ and combines artificial intelligence and open access cameras to capture the unpredictable influences on wildlife.

Depoorter captured weeks of footage from open-access cameras, which monitor public spaces and often have live streams available online for anyone to access. He shot cameras trained on famous landmarks like Temple Bar in Dublin, Times Square in New York, etc.

The concept works by recording a selection of open cams for weeks, then using artificial intelligence to scan all Instagram photos tagged with the locations that correspond to the open cam recordings.

A software then compares the Instagram photos with the recorded footage, giving us a real-time look at the moments leading up to the Instaworthy shot.

Depoorter’s software scans the footage to find “influencers,” or public accounts with more than 100,000 followers, and match them with the photo they took in front of the landmark.

The project began on September 12, and the first video from the project was released on Monday with footage from just 10 days.

Side-by-side comparisons reveal just how much thought and time goes into capturing the perfect shot. The video revealed the design which included several seemingly candid photos.

“The idea came to me when I watched an open camera and someone was taking pictures for about 30 minutes,” Depoorter told Vice.

Depoorter is known for creating interactive installations, apps and games around topics such as privacy, artificial intelligence, surveillance and social media. He promised to post new results from “The Follower” project on his socials.

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The video revealed the design which included several seemingly candid photos (Image: Unsplash)

“If you check all my work, you’ll see that I show the dangers of new technology,” Depoorter said. “I hope to reach a lot of people to make it really simple. I don’t really like difficult art. I like to keep it very simple. I think I’m part of a new generation of artists who work with technology.’

While the project shows how social media affects our behavior, the creepy part of it is being monitored by these open cameras that anyone can access.

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