Google street view oscillates between 2008 and 2016 in the Grand Synthe region of Dunkirk, France. Before serving as the first official refugee camp in Europe, it was an uninhabited park space for the middle-class populated suburb.
Aerial satellite view of Calais Jungle as of 2017. The unofficial camp was in fact demolished in October of 2016 by French authorities. 3,000+ have been moved out since a year ago, and now must claim asylum in qualified regions of France or face deportation.
In 2016, Microsoft launched a new AI experiment called CaptionBot, which uses neural networking to detect images and apply captions to them. Upon entering the web page, the bot claimed to understand the content of any photograph and try to describe it as well as any human. I decided to see how well it could caption images of refugee camps I found from online journal articles. While CaptionBot is often used as a humorous example of AI’s shortcomings, at what point does humour become ethically dangerous?