This AI is capable of detecting how the photos that users upload to Instagram were taken
It is likely that browsing Instagram you have come across surprising posts in emblematic places, or original images that give you the feeling of wanting to go to that place to visit it. There is, however, a completely different reality behind each post, and an AI has proven it. The Followera software that makes use of open cameras in different cities, is capable of analyzing the publications that people upload to the social network and find the exact moment in which the user made the capture.
The software, created by Dries Depoorter, a Belgian artist, works—apparently—in a very simple way. First, the artist recorded what the different public cameras captured during a period of 10 days. These cameras, in particular, are installed in emblematic or popular points of cities, and allow to see in real time what is happening in the area.
After capturing the footage, Depoorter examined all Instagram posts that were tagged to the specific locations the cameras recorded and that were allegedly posted during the same 10-day period. Both materials are enough for an AI, designed by the artist himself, to be able to analyze and compare the posts with the videos of the camera. The goal? Find coincidences.
The reality of Instagram photos, reflected thanks to artificial intelligence
To display the results, Depoorter inserts the post that the user has uploaded to Instagram with the moment the cameras capture how the picture is taken. The reality, of course, is completely different from what we see on the social network. The Follower shows how the streets are packed with citizens, many of them passing in front of the camera. It is also possible to observe how the user who is taking the photo changes pose on many occasions. Or even clothing, with the aim of trying to capture the best shot possible.
The artist, in addition to the AI that detects when an Instagram photo was taken, has also made use of public cameras for other projects, such as 'The Flemish Scrollers'. In this, Depoorter takes advantage of the live broadcasts made by the Belgian government to detect the moment in which a politician uses his mobile and for how long.
Dries Depoorter also has a curious NFT collection available for purchase at OpenSea. The tokens, specifically, are images captured by security cameras of users who cross a crosswalk when the traffic light is red. The price of each NFT is equivalent to the cost of the fine for going red, although everything collected goes to the artist.