This video illustrates how a hypothetical AI system would gradually scan an interior space in which it sits using a number of interconnected devices and retrieving data from the internet in order to generate profiles of the people in the space.
If we really want to see what machines see, we need to force ourselves to think like computers. This means discounting everything we usually perceive with our senses and rationalise through our brain, and instead go through a step-by-step process of data acquisition. This is exactly what we tried to demonstrate with The Machine’s Eye: a simulation that shows the steps through which a hypothetical AI system “reads” a physical environment and is able to profile the people in it. 1