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

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Here's Liandra

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

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Look up "arcade jam brooklyn research" if you want to join the next one

Next: Dan

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...

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I think there was meant to be more after that but Dan ran out of time

Next: Alden Rivendale Jones alden.website

Long-Distance One-Way Friendship

Using shodan.io to find stuff and then write about it

Many instances of 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

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If you have an idea for something to do with all that, send Alden email

Next: Bill Blye

Presenting wedescend.net

A collection of writings by many people over generations

I think this was also at a previous that I covered. This time they're reading "deities"

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Todd pimps the. Anthology

Last open mic: Eliot rhymeghoul.com

Presenting puns.plus/domain

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

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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?

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And why do people complete things like this?

And how?

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

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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

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We correct each other

We clarify and correct

We help each other remember... ever entered part of a title into google?

If you know what someone means, you might answer a question before you're done asking, like google used to preemptively show results

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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

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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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Robin Sloan trained autocomplete on old scifi so he could write with it

Botnik Studios

Saltz had some other directions for how to be creative with completion but tusky crashed when I tried to take a photo of that slide. Sorry!

Anywhy, glitch.com/~bespoke-autocomple

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