Computed Curation used an algorithm to curate and write descriptions for a volume of 207 photographs

Philipp Schmitt, a designer who explores the relationship between society and technology, gave a computer capable of machine learning an archive of photographs that were then compiled into a photo book of 207 images. Schmitt titled the book Computed Curation.

The computer used an algorithm to compare a photo’s content and composition with another, considering over 850 different variables before placing it in a particular spot. At the top of the page in the book, readers can see a small description given to the photo by the computer; various tags of things it recognized in the image appear at the bottom. These descriptions drove the computer’s algorithm to assign the images to their location and could explain why some vastly different photos were placed next to each other. Schmitt wanted readers to look through the book and view the computer’s logic to understand why the algorithm positioned the photographs as it did.

Those interested in looking at Computed Curation can view the web version, download a PDF or contact Schmitt through his website.

Computed Curation

Philipp Schmitt, a designer who explores the relationship between society and technology, gave a computer capable of machine learning an archive of photographs that were then compiled into a photo book of 207 images. Schmitt titled the book Computed Curation.

The computer used an algorithm to compare a photo’s content and composition with another, considering over 850 different variables before placing it in a particular spot. At the top of the page in the book, readers can see a small description given to the photo by the computer; various tags of things it recognized in the image appear at the bottom. These descriptions drove the computer’s algorithm to assign the images to their location and could explain why some vastly different photos were placed next to each other. Schmitt wanted readers to look through the book and view the computer’s logic to understand why the algorithm positioned the photographs as it did.