Archive for November, 2005

Are the not-ready-for-prime-time Trip and Grace ready for their spot in the classroom? This semester, I have exposed a group of students in Advanced Composition in the Writing Program at USC to Fa硤e. The course has been investigating disciplinary boundaries with respect to writing and the use of various cultural objects in the development and application of those disciplines.

After a brief presentation on Fa硤e with the encouragement to go off and explore it on their home computers, I asked them to respond to the following questions:

  1. How would your discipline approach Facade?
  2. What theories might your discipline apply to its study?
  3. What use might Fa硤e serve in the classroom for your discipline?
  4. Can you imagine another version of Fa硤e that might better suit your discipline

The puppetpresident

“The puppetpresident” by Antoine Schmitt is a chatbot which purports to be a “HIGHLY PROTECTED PRIVATE CRYPTED CONVERSATION” with the puppetpresident itself.
> Oil programmed me for it
(Note the unusual use of the command prompt “>” to indicate the program response, not what is typed). The puppetpresident is written in AIML, via Pandorabots, […]

Periodically (and usually while reading we-make-money-not-art) I encounter interface technologies and techniques which would be the perfect medium for a new kind of writing. But what? The literature is implicit - there is none, yet - and so encountering the interface becomes an occasion for idle musings on art concepts.
Still - here they are, a […]

ELO Call

As most of you will be aware, the Electronic Literature Collection — Call for Works has gone out. To qualify, the work needs to be:
Literary quality will be the chief criterion for selection of works. Other aspects considered will include innovative use of electronic techniques, quality and navigability of interface, and adequate representation of the […]

Riya and Photo Recognition

Photo search service Riya (nee Ojos) is making a splash with two kinds of image recognition service - face recognition and text recognition. Both allow the recognized element to be automatically framed and tagged within the picture, and subsequently the tagging drives various kinds of category navigation and metadata aggregation.
The company has a lot […]

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