Exploring the Potential of Apple Face ID as a Drag, Queer and Trans Technology Design Tool 2021

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Exploring the Potential of Apple Face ID as a Drag, Queer and Trans Technology Design Tool
2021

Saúl Baeza Argüello, ELISAVA Research, Eindhoven University of Technology
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University, Eindhoven University of Technology
Kristina Andersen, Eindhoven University of Technology
Oscar Tomico, ELISAVA Research, Eindhoven University of Technology

ABSTRACT

This pictorial is the result of a long-term research project focused on finding opportunities to use Apple Face ID software and infrastructure to build new hybrid identities, exploring its potential as a drag, queer and trans technology design tool. The aim of the project is to validate new paradigms for identity ambiguity, multiplicity and fluidity, using biometric artificial intelligence systems and technologies of control as tools for free identity expression, definition and personal proclamation. To do that, we present our motivation, methodology, approach to exploration, workshop results and validated outputs, and analyse the physical and digital implications of the research. The prostheses shown in this paper are functional, and allow users to train Apple Face ID software to design their own identities connected to their name, Apple ID Number, bank account, social networks, and any other data or online activity digitally associated to this persona.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PAPER: doi.org/10.1145/3461778.3461999

DIS ‘21, June 28-July 2, 2021, Virtual Event, USA
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ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-8476-6/21/06.
doi.org/10.1145/3461778.3461999