Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Andersen, Rune Saugmann
Organisation Tampere University
Project title
Post-human ways of seeing security: the semiotics of automatic visual security management
Decision No. 326651
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding period 01.01.2019 - 31.08.2020
Funding 151 867
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Project description
New security technologies often use video cameras and machine vision to enable 'smart' weapons that can navigate their surroundings without direct human control. And surveillance systems are designed to flag suspicious behaviour without human oversight. But how do these technologies see security, insecurity, danger or civility? Are they aware that they may be wrong, and that they may harm innocent civilians? We don't really know, because our ideas about national, individual or other kinds of security have not been systematically scrutinized in relation to new visual technologies. This project surveys scientific, political and lay debates to understand how machines understand us - the people they're observing - and how they understand themselves.