But first, open projector

Todd is presenting a thing with soft synth sounds generated by his twitter feed

It reads the most recent tweets and turns each letter into a note, maybe running them together into chords. Plus some little motifs every time someone likes, or retweets, or replies

It's called Birdsong

Written in p5.js

Runs in the background

Eventually it will be configured so you can use it as a notifier for the things you are personally interested in

And pick different scales for different chords an stuff

Next is Allison Parrish @aparrish

Manipulating phonology and orthography. And evaluating those manipulations

Uses a neural net to muck with words, turning them from text to sound and back again, to play with the way we represent variant pronunciation, especially when it's silly like "ermahgerd"

hallo opin projectar

This is configurable with sliders, so it's easy to, say, rewrite the first chapter of Genesis to make it sound like the pastor has a cold

You can put in random letters and get back plausible english words, get the word phonetically between two others: jabberwock -> bannershank -> bandersnatch

Next up Maxwell Mealy Colin

Presenting a port of Street Fighter 2 with a cast of new york literary figures

Last open projector Natalie Braginsky @natling @natling

Generative animated pixel art

She likes making spectrograms of her music. Now she's layering them and blending them, mostly regular CSS tricks with some promises (the javascript thing)

She gave the website but I forgot it because I was trying to compress video. Argh

Jenn Schiffer, director of community at Glitch, called Glitch a friendly community in order to scare off people who don't like being friendly

Words ruin her day. What's the problem with words? They spread hate, thwart other speech, distract people

Glitch lets you publish a lot of words, in a programming language or otherwise; but also it assigns random words to your projects when you haven't named them yourself yet

How to keep these friendly?

So they made an npm package, friendly-words

Mostly concerns pairs of words that go well together

But sometimes it goes wrong, like that time when a user with only one arm got a project named free-arm. They removed all body parts after that

Emoji are like words. When glitch autocommits your project, it names that with a couple emoji and those need to be friendly. She removed the knife emoji recently. That's the friendly-emoji package

jennchat.glitch.me restricts you to three words: cool, nice, and siiick. If you want to make a platform but don't want to moderate it, this is how you do it

Immediately someone typed "nice" exactly 69 times

A friend of hers remixed that into Is Facebook Down, since so many people go on twitter to ask that. You may answer yep, nope, or maybe

In front of the audience she makes a new one where you can report whether the subway is running well: nope, no, or nah

I think you might just have to live with whatever name glitch gives to your app. Well then it better be friendly

Jenn Schiffer



Get in touch if you find any unfriendly words on Glitch

Jamie Brew of Botnik Studios

Botnik is an AI company. It makes machines that write the way humans to. Every word should be a struggle

English is already incredibly frustrating

The rest of the narration didn't make a lot of sense but at one point Jamie referred to JennChat as Botnik's main competitor and Jenn said "you're going down, bro!"

Jamie performed this song written by the default model of the Google English keyboard

Here's a new thing where instead of picking words from a menu you have to play notes on a keyboard to steer a pointer to the word you want. Inspired by Dasher, but on the word level and not just letters, so it's called Dancer

He got the word "baby" after like four tries

There's a thing where he messed around with the GPT2 model from OpenAI

There's too much to write it up on my phone, I'll get it later

GPT2: Why did the chicken cross the road? 

GPT2: Why did the chicken cross the road? 

GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 

GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 

GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 


GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 

GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 

GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 

GPT2: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 

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