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

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

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

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!"

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

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

Next up Maxwell Mealy Colin

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

We get to look at robert's next game, about erotic webcam performances. With a deckbuilding mechanic. There's a fake chatroom in the game, which for ease of localization is done entirely in emoji

He'll have to localize the usernames still, but those make no sense to begin with so don't worry? Or he'll replace them with avatars?

Conclusion: don't trust words

And that's

Roughly 80% of players prefer to play Rinse and Repeat in some language other than English

Yang didn't really think about this until he played Noserudake2. Before that it was like "but I'm just trying to make a random little free thing" but then this random game about throwing crap on a pedestal still had a language switch

And finally Robert Yang, talking about the challenges of localizing his games, about gay culture and intimacy, for other cultures

It takes a while to set up so Todd talks about the architecture options provided by Fortnite

Robert shows a clip from Rinse and Repeat for context...but notice the subtitles! They need to tell you if you are rubbing the dude too fast or too slow

Bill demonstrates DeluxePaint, which can be used for pretty sophisticated animations

You have to deal with a single layer of undo history and there aren't any real rulers so you have to count pixels all the time

Next up is AmigaBill, who is giving a presentation from a real hardware Commodore Amiga, piped thru a modern laptop for projector purposes

And now our first feature presenter, Emily Corvi, internet linguist who thinks silly questions often yield profound answers

The Bag, The Myth, The Legend

A presentation applying discourse analysis (in the semiotic sense) to Pobomic

And the final open projector, Sophie Searcy

Making Faces

A generative adversarial network, with convolutional something, that generates images of faces

Turns a vector like "has bangs, is old, has makeup" and turns it into a picture

It's like a classifier run in reverse. Learns the "distribution" of the training data, the world of faces

Take a vector of man w. Glasses, subtract man w/o glasses, add woman w/o glasses, you get woman w/ glasses

Open projector #2

Matthew Balousek

Response to Matt O'leary's Final Fantasy 7 GameFAQs poems. This one mixes in some queer slashfic. The "Daniel" voice synth reads this out

And this other one is from the ASCII art that shows up in every GameFAQ. "Alex" voice synth reads this one by saying the name of each individual character with varying intonation. "Kate" does the same but ignores the underscores

Can you do that on text? You can, using traditional poetry meters like sonnets. They implemented this

Actually sonnets don't work all that great. Until you feed them a GameFAQs walkthrough as a corpus

The bot, then, is a constraint solving problem within whatever frame you've set up

You have to construct the right frame for your particular problem-space

For more info, see her talk tomorrow at the CUNY NLP reading group. She's trying to automate the process of frame generation from a corpus!

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