Biometric: deepfakes and identification
With more technology relying on biometrics, I'd like to explore & understand its use/misuse in computer science for identification.
Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)
Two images of the subject are repeated next to each other and eerily blurred connecting them. In this case, the image is of me, the artist. During the creation process, it was frightening how distorted I was able to make my own face. I feel that this speaks to how technology and the human intelligence that powers it are directly able to alter our digital appearances.
What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)
I learned that it was helpful to take a conceptual approach. Deepfakes are videos that rely on biometrics, body measurements, to make them appear real. Since my style is collage,
art, the biggest challenge was trying to visually suggest what happens in a moving video with a static graphic. My solution was to show the concept of manipulation.
Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)
I'm a designer based out of New York. I've always been artistic and started by painting and drawing around 4 years old. When I enrolled in college, I learned photoshop and started developing a digital collage style. I'm very interested in objects, portraits, and faces and they are reoccurring themes in my work. I spend my days creating photo-illustrations for CNN.
Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)
A colleague shared this contest with me! I was very excited to hear about it since I'm often trying to come up with concepts on cybersecurity and there's not much creative work done in the space.
What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?
I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.
What best describes you?
I’m a professional visual creator affiliated with an organization.
How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?
Someone in my network (word of mouth)
Location: State / District
What opportunity areas are you covering with this final portfolio? (250 characters)
I'm submitting under the opportunity area "Wildcard". The theme of my final submission is "Biometric: identification and the digital self".
Final Portfolio (1,500 characters)
As the use of technology continues to be woven into the fabric of our lives, my portfolio explores the loss of power and distortion of our digital selves. Biometric verification in tech evaluates body measurements to identify users through the mapping of facial features, fingerprints, retina and iris patterns, voice waves and other factors to effectively learn “you”. Once learnt, technology can then be programmed to identify and /or alter your likeness. My work deals with the theme surrounding the surrender of self to tech and the degradation of our digital identity. My aim is to spark visibility, educate and expand the conversations through visually compelling imagery.
This work, "Name Face Location", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale; compression seems to happen in the carousel.
Three unidentifiable figures stand next to each other with "viewfinder" boxes around their heads and hands. This piece talks about how machines learn to map our physical features, disregarding our individuality. NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale; compression seems to happen in the carousel.
This work, "Machine Learning", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com
A blurred, out-of-focus large face with distorted "mapping" indicators over the retina and iris fills up the majority of the canvas. In the lower-left corner- an almost unrecognizable human figure. NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale; compression seems to happen in the carousel.
This work, "Do You Recognize This Person", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com
This piece juxtaposes the concept of "natural copies" in the form of identical twins against the concept of digital copies- reproducing an image over and over. In each scenario, the minors shown have no agency over their multiplication. What does this say about the role of minors in this digital landscape? NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale; compression seems to happen in the carousel.
This work, "Copied", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com
Where's the algorithm for people who change gender identities? This piece raises the idea that it doesn't serve technology to be binary. A mirrored image of a trans woman is shown. On the left side, the face is slightly distorted. On the right, the image is visually disintegrated beyond identifiable gender verification. NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale. This work, "Tech Imitates, Art Imitates Life", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com
Shown is the concept of digital distortion through motion as a .gif This work, "20191004 Brooklyn Hat", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale; compression seems to happen in the carousel.
The idea for the application of this body of work.
This work, "20191004 Brooklyn Hat", is a derivative of "Untitled" by Jonathan Turton http://jfturton.com NOTE: Image is best viewed large scale; compression seems to happen in the carousel.
How would you summarize your final portfolio in 100 words or less? (650 characters)
The final portfolio deals with the subject of digital identity illustrated through 5 unique vignettes. The likeness of each subject is copied, distorted, or made ambiguous in some way. Using a variety of different subjects, I am making a commentary about how ubiquitous biometric verification is in our lives and how it touches a wide audience.
Briefly describe your imagined use case for the work in your portfolio. (250 characters)
A series of art exhibits with the goal of education through exposure to these themes. A series of fireside chats about the work would be scheduled to spark conversations to the public in co-working spaces, coffee shops, & non-profit centers.
What was the most useful feedback that you received? (1,000 characters)
The most useful feedback was the reactions other Ideo contestants had to the work and what it made them feel. My concepts developed for the better I believe pivoted from celebrities being represented in deep fakes and leaned into the concept of everyday people losing power over their likeness.
How have your concepts evolved since the Ideas Phase? (1,000 characters)
Yes. I shifted from celebrities and political influences to the wider known public. Users like you and me and those of marginalized communities who have a digital footprint.
How have you been able to incorporate technical accuracy into your concepts? (1000 characters)
I did more background research on biometrics and focused on those factors in each of the final pieces. I honed in on the human emotional aspect through the subject matter while still maintaining conceptual visuals.
How do your concepts expand the conversation on cybersecurity? (1000 characters)
My work questions, "Who has power over your digital likeness?", and touches the theme of the loss of self and our digital identity. This body of work can push edges by acting as a springboard to bring these conversations to the forefront.
If you were provided with additional time and resources, are there additional ways that you’d wish to reimagine the visual language of cybersecurity? (1,000 characters)
I would establish a team of designers dedicated to creating cc 4.0 images for cybersecurity and submit them to the cc database. I would also like to open up this theme to exhibiting artists who could be instrumental in pushing the visual envelope through conceptual work around these topics.
What resources did you find most helpful? (optional, 1,000 characters)
I really gained a lot from the creative commons licensing webinar. It was a lot of new information and I really thought it was amazing Ideo was so fast and responsive to organize that resource for us contestants. Thank you.
Commitment to Creative Commons License (CC BY 4.0)
Yes, I ensure that my portfolio is in compliance with CC BY 4.0.