User:Alexander Roidl/bookscanning

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transformative processes

  • transforming knowledge
  • creating new file
  • creating new »content«
  • new possibilities of processing (OCR, analysis…)
  • revealing information layers (printing technique)
  • turning an analog medium into a digital file
    • change of object, color, pages, reading flow
    • Kantian model of the book (object, that’s sellable & knowledge)
    • Chartier
  • display is changing
  • reproducing the reproduced (Walter Benjamin -> next level)

scanning as a tool

  • creating graphics / visuals out of scanned pages

-> draw an image from a scanned book pages -> AI? drawing images / abstract / concrete / emotion

  • missuse -> new unexpected results

big data

  • generating new data

(endless data generation)

  • what data is selected?
  • how to find sth. in that data (analysis)?


  • we live within a given framework
  • selection of texts leads to an opinion
  • filter
  • idea: chatbot trained only from scanned book pages
  • sherry turkle?

light-sensitive color

  • print with light-sensitive color

-> see nothing / image when scanned or -> see the text when scanned, but it disappears after scanning


Access to…

  • digitale books
  • analog books
  • who has access / who hasn't and why?
  • how easy is access (com. digital / analog)

Adding/Deleting/Altering information of existing books

  • (piracy - connected to anonymous )

Feminist Methodologies

How digitization is changing the view on sexism/feminism

  • books become searchable and more connected
  • quantitative method (counting women vs. counting men)


  • scanned material to train an algorithm > a chatbot trained on the books that are scanned > ref to Google Books (and to failed twitterbot)
    • always limited resources as input
  • What happens if you train this chat bot on a book, not on social media material

Connecting to the reader

  • What is lost, what is gained by scanning
  • forensic materiality to more performative materiality
  • "Not enough data" as a mantra to promise that the algorithm gets better
  • The scanner as a mediator to use other types of data

> fembot book on chatbots by artists and designers

Enron company, the Enron dataset datasets that are used often also shape the language, a standardized way to assess 'natural' language leaked data used for machine learning Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain: The Good Life (there is also a video recording of the event) the death of the author The Bot Opera 2015 edition:

Train chatbot on dataset -> extremist references -> introduction on

the database / data-usage

how does the data influence the algorithm?

where data for algorithms is coming from -> books / internet -> training AI

how is the data being selected?

-> you can not see the data in the background

-> you do not know what Google uses its data for

Feedback Steve

  • Protocol by Alexander Gallaway (how interface is organized)
  • Software takes command (serve interests of several groups)
  • Sorting Things Out
  • Literacy and its consequences

Related Texts

Sorted by importance

Femenist methodologies


The Mass Digitization of Books:

Discussion on Googles Book Scanning

NYT article on Google’s bookscanning & bookscanning in general

(Video) What is a book by Roger Chartier

Article on Roger Chartier and the past & Future of books

Data selection of AI bots