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1000 Synsets (Vinyl Edition)

Two vinyl records

Created in 1985, Wordnet is a hierarchical taxonomy that describes the world. It was inspired by theories of human semantic memory developed in the late 1960s. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into synonyms sets or synsets, expressing a different concept. ImageNet is an image dataset based on the WordNet 3.0 nouns hierarchy. Each synset is depicted by thousands of images.

From 2010 until 2017, the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC) was a key benchmark in object category classification for pictures, having a major impact on software for photography, image searches, image recognition. 1000 synsets (Vinyl Edition) contains the 1000 synsets used in this challenge recorded in the highest sound quality that this analog format allows. This work highlights the importance of the datasets used to train artificial intelligence (AI) models that run on devices we use on a daily basis. Some of them inherit classifications that were conceived more than 30 years ago. This sound work is an invitation to thoughtfully analyse them.

Featuring the voices of Sara Hamadeh & Joseph Hughes. Special thanks to Michaela Lakova for her support in the production and sound edit of the vinyl records.