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Does Anyone Dream of Invisible A.I.? A Critique of the Making Invisible of A.I. Policing

  • For most people, using their body to authenticate their identity is an integral part of daily life. From our fingerprints to our facial features, our physical characteristics store the information that identifies us as "us." This biometric information is becoming increasingly vital to the way we access and use technology. As more and more platform operators struggle with traffic from malicious bots on their servers, the burden of proof is on users, only this time they have to prove their very humanity and there is no court or jury to judge, but an invisible algorithmic system. In this paper, we critique the invisibilization of artificial intelligence policing. We argue that this practice obfuscates the underlying process of biometric verification. As a result, the new "invisible" tests leave no room for the user to question whether the process of questioning is even fair or ethical. We challenge this thesis by offering a juxtaposition with the science fiction imagining of the Turing test in Blade Runner to reevaluate the ethical grounds for reverse Turing tests, and we urge the research community to pursue alternative routes of bot identification that are more transparent and responsive.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Fatemeh Alizadeh, Aikaterini Mniestri, Gunnar Stevens
Parent Title (English):Nordic Human-Computer Interaction Conference, NordiCHI ’22, October 08–12, 2022, Aarhus, Denmark
Article Number:84
Number of pages:6
Date of first publication:2022/10/08
Copyright:© 2022 Association for Computing Machinery. Abstracting with credit is permitted.
Funding:This project is supported by funds of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) based on a decision of the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the innovation support program.
Keyword:Biometric data; Invisible AI; Verification systems; Voight-Kampff test; reCAPTCHA
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Verbraucherinformatik (IVI)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 005 Computerprogrammierung, Programme, Daten
Entry in this database:2022/10/12