Forbes Uses AI To Personify Corruption In Brazil

Forbes Uses AI To Personify Corruption In Brazil
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An artificial intelligence created a composite person based on multiple white-collar criminals to draw attention to corruption issues in the country

Leo Lutero
  • 23 march 2018

Forbes Brasil is not staying mum about its home country’s massive corruption problem. Citing police investigation that says Brazil’s corruption “industry” is worth $61 billion, Forbes has reserved the number eight slot on its billionaire list for a man it imagines to be the most corrupt of them all. Meet Ric Brasil, a man created by artificial intelligence.

Tech companies Nexo and Notan consulted on the project. Ric Brasil’s photos from composite portraits of white-collar criminals. He even has consumption habits and manners generated from interviews, reports, statements, and books about corruption in Brazil. The character will debut on this year’s list.

Bothered by allegations against people on its billionaire list, the Forbes Brasil editorial board has taken a strong stand. In previous years, the media company has published the list with notes on individuals being investigated for corruption. They also have built a list altering the numbers to speculate what it would look like if men were affected by the gender wage gap.

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Forbes Brasil is not staying mum about its home country’s massive corruption problem. Citing police investigation that says Brazil’s corruption “industry” is worth $61 billion, Forbes has reserved the number eight slot on its billionaire list for a man it imagines to be the most corrupt of them all. Meet Ric Brasil, a man created by artificial intelligence.

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