Machine Learning Detects Politicians Distracted By Their Phones

Developed by artist and speaker Dries Depoorter, The Flemish Scrollers is a machine learning system that watches live-streams of the Flemish government at work, detecting and identifying officials distracted by their phones (or scrolling on their phones — hence The Flemish Scrollers), and automatically uploads the footage to Twitter with the caption ‘Dear distracted @[politician], pls stay focused!’ Now this — this is a project I can get behind. If only there were repercussions for such distracted politicking. Who watches the Watchmen? A machine learning system apparently. Of course considering any government the Watchmen is incredibly slanderous to the actual Watchmen.

Thanks to my dad, who agrees apparently all it takes to be a successful politician is a willingness to not pay attention. We should run for office!