How normal am i is an experiment allowing people to experience what their face looks like to AI algorithms. The website allows people to access the results of a facial analysis without any personal data being collected (it only uses your camera). The users can choose from a few questions about their physical appearance and the app will display how they compare with the rest of the population based on these characteristics.
The results are then displayed in a fun and interactive documentary. The user can see how different algorithms assess their beauty, age, gender, BMI and life expectancy. The experience is a great way to start discussions about how these algorithms influence our perception of ourselves and the world around us.
I have been thinking about what it means to feel normal at a time when almost nothing is normal. Whether you are social distancing from loved ones, dealing with the aftermath of a coronavirus outbreak, or adjusting to a new professional reality, it can be hard to find moments of normalcy.
Nevertheless, I am convinced that it is possible to find some small acts of normalcy – even in the darkest days of the pandemic. I recently asked 15 people what they do to feel normal and perhaps some of their tactics might inspire your own. The results were diverse and touching. The only common theme was the desire to not let their problems and challenges take over their lives.