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3D and Not A Predator Drone! What Would Foucault Do?

posted Nov 27, 2013, 8:13 PM by Ellen Pearlman

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The computer-generated avatar of a 10-year-old girl called Sweetie helped identify more than 1000 alleged pedophiles. Photo: AFP

 Identity and masking, in the light of the massive surveillance that goes on daily is a hot topic. One investigation in the Netherlands built an avatar of a 10 year old Filipina girl called “Sweetie” to snag child predators in the confines of their own home. She only existed in an internet chat room for ten weeks but just like honey attracted more than 20,000 men from 71 countries who constantly asked her to perform sexual acts.  It took only one month to identify over 1000 predators, as the fake Sweetie asked them for identifying information like their Facebook page. The results were handed over to Interpol.

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The video goes on to identify how pedophiles were caught and set up in a sting chat room operation

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But what is really interesting is how Sweetie was constructed, starting with complex animation software.

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The software paid special attention to facial modelling and subtle movements. 

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It then used a high end motion tracking system including gestures.

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That were put onto an X, Y, Z grid.

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To animate Sweetie and bring her to life.

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Especially interesting is the head, eye and facial gestures that corresponded to a real child’s movements.

This is an important, and really good use of surveillance that usues technology, puppetry, psychology and law enforcement. It also pushes the use of similitude and representation, especially in terms of Foucault's representations of art. 

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