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(See collection of profiles of New Media programs around the globe.)
U of California, Los Angeles
Location: LA, California, USA

Type: University

Royce Hall:
Photo: Wikipedia

Student Profile:
Jessica Pressman
Ph.D. Candidate

Undergraduates: 24,811
Graduates: 10,814
Emphases: New Media, Digital Art, Eliterature
Reviewer: Jessica Pressman
The skinny: UCLA’s strength are its world-class researchers who interact across humanities, arts, and science. N. Katherine Hayles in […]

11:13 pm: The dark highway rolls out before you. In a few hours you’ll be heading out of town with a sweet young thang. As you drive, all you can think about is — WHOMP-CRERR-FLONK — a body-shaped object smashes the windshield and when you look up the car is in a ditch. All you […]

What is a botmaster?
If you turned today to a simple Google search for “botmaster” you might find three answers:

A bot author or creator - someone who programs with AIML or on Pandorabots (results 1, 2)
An individual who is responsible for and/or maintains a bot - as per a computer jargon dictionary (result 3)
A computer criminal […]

Bob Norris, administrator of the Bot Central forum, has renewed a monthly competition for producers of chatbots: The World Chatterbot Competition. This is the first monthly competition for conversational agents (that I’m aware of ), but surely not the first competition for chatbots or even other forms of elit.

What can we learn from Curious George?
(By no means do I mean to make a monkey out of one of the forefathers of eliterary criticism and a mentor of mine, a man who worked harder than most to firmly plant hypertext in a literary and academic arboretum.? If anything, this post swings?between homage and?lament).