Dries Depoorter Creates AI Bot that Trolls Flemish Politicians Distracted by Their Phones

Two years after Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon caused outrage for playing Angry Birds during a policy discussion, Belgian media artist Dries Depoorter launches The Flemish Scrollers, an AI bot that monitors the livestreams of the region’s government meetings for politicians who are on their phones. Once the system’s facial recognition detects a distracted lawmaker, it will call them out in public: a video clip is posted to Instagram and Twitter, tagging the official’s social media handle with the request to “pls stay focused!”

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