User:Alexander Roidl/chatbook

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OuLiBot

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Idea

  • Shocked by how Google uses all this data and uses it for their algorithms -> I want to question that
  • A chatbot as an alternative interface to the text
  • How is knowledge built and mediated in the age of machine learning?
  • Questioning the authoritative dimension of databases

How it works

The bot will try to convince you to write a poem. Otherwise, you will be caught in the ASCII loop of inspiration. If you agree writing a poem the bot will give you constraints and advice what you have to do. This is based on the method of Exquisite Corpse. (Constraint is the structure)

Structures

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The bot chooses randomly on which structure the user has to write the poem.

POSSIBLE STRUCTURES:

  • ADJECTIVE NOUN ADVERB VERB ADJECTIVE NOUN
  • PRONOUN VERB NOUN
  • ADJECTIVE NOUN VERB NOUN

Why a chatbot?

  • Idea of having a dialog with a person -> inspiring
    • Orality & writing
  • experiment: different approach / interface
  • Can ask different questions
  • more personal
  • question: Does it feel more controllable / more transparent?


The chat

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Chat Poem

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ASCII Loop of inspiration

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Published on Twitter

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Creating a poem in collaboration with a chatbot

  • Based on the idea of exquisite corpse
  • in a alternate interplay the bot and the user give words based on a given structure
    • like ADJECTIVE NOUN ADVERB VERB ADJECTIVE NOUN

Code

The Code is accessible on git.xpub.nl

https://git.xpub.nl/OuNuPo-make/log.html

make dirs
make ocr/output.txt
make oulibot

References

Literary games with Steve https://pad.pzimediadesign.nl/p/rw-rm-10-01-2018

Exquisite Corpse http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/breton-eluard-hugo-exquisite-corpse-t12005

Uncreative Writing - Goldsmith