Jiayi Young

2018 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Design
UC Davis

Project Title: What does the bot say to the human? Data mapping of US Presidential Election social media activity

Project Description: Since 2012, studies have revealed that social media bots sway public opinion and threaten the integrity of elections; however, the American public was mostly unaware of this during the 2016 general election. This project tracks obscured bot and artificially intelligent (AI) activities on social media and translates data discoveries into large-scale sensory-engaging installations in cultural and public places to engage communities for critical social dialog. Building upon the project’s previous phase, this proposal requests support from the Hellman Fellowship to continue the examination and to design new publicly-engaged artworks to launch prior to the 2020 presidential election.