But first, open projector
Todd is going first as "the sacrifice". Presenting Hitchhiker, which is when he modifies a website for a rich corporation to say whatever. It's a browser extension. The new feature lets you save performances and play them back with text to speech. Works a bit like a slideshow made of website
Talking about a game jam about games with hardware associated that happened in November and it'll happen again April 24
It was in Shenzhen. Steamhead Maker Space specifically. The runners don't live in China, but the place has great electronics!
Organizing behind the firewall was dodgy, so they did it by sending PDFs thru WeChat. Around 20 people showed up
Look up "arcade jam brooklyn research" if you want to join the next one
Presenting public access television. Free to broadcast as long as you're not making any money.
Dan regards this as a prototype for post scarcity culture
They're cuing off an mp3 only they can hear. And then it starts asking difficult questions that Dan can't answer. Dan says it's best not to ask questions...
I think there was meant to be more after that but Dan ran out of time
Next: Alden Rivendale Jones http://alden.website
Long-Distance One-Way Friendship
Using http://shodan.io to find stuff and then write about it
Many instances of http://i-have-a-dreambox.com
The building mgmt system for an airport in Yokohama
The menu kiosk for the restaurant Power Plate Meals in Fargo
A printer in South Korea belonging to a youth volunteering org
Todd pimps the. #wordHack Anthology
Last open mic: Eliot https://rhymeghoul.com
Helps you find a TLD that rhymes with your site name. You give it topics and it gives you joke domain names related to it
And then, a recurrent neural network whose output is iambic pentameter. On their blog somewhere
First featured presenter: Emily Saltz
Presenting Human-Human Autocompletion
Asks the audience to autocomplete some phrases for her, as a group
Some people are more elaborate about it than others. She marks off a checklist as people match her expectations or don't. We did exactly as well as Google Compose, but got different things right.
How do human predictions compare to software predictions?
And why do people complete things like this?
And how does this affect us?
This is an angle on the field of conversation analysis, which treats conversation as a sort of game and tries to derive its goals and rules
You might preemptively complete someone to demonstrate understanding... or it might be a power move
How do these reasons compare to the way computers autocomplete?
Might be to make money, like google's search directing you to sponsored possibilities, but maybe just for kicks
We have more context to work with in speech, and extra phonetic info
And your mind is in sympathy with who you're listening to, including eg. your motor system
The mechanisms are quite different for computers though
*When* do we complete each other? We minimize gaps and overlaps, wait for "um", "uh"
computers seem more aggressive. She's identified eight design patterns for it that went by too fast
How do completions affect us? If they're right, you might not even notice it. If they're wrong, it's like someone's putting words in your mouth
And they put new ideas in our heads
Think of how searching for info on vaccines gets you propaganda against them, see Algorithms of Oppression by Sofia Noble
And there's an uncanny valley. John Seabrook found that sometimes, the machine wrote more conscientiously than he did
Predictive text memes say things about their author, but it's hard to learn anything terrifying about yourself because of blacklists, says Gretchen McCullough
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