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Two blue squares side by side look like a long rectangle because there's no definition between them. But change the color a little and they start to look like two things because there's more definition. WordBridge shows the whole spectrum of slippage between definitions

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Owen uses this as a generator for absurdist storylines for their animation work.

It has proper nouns in it for some reason, including the creators' names

Joel gives a presentation giving a visual metaphor for what WordBridge does.

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Next up, Owen Roberts and Joel Stillman

Presenting Word Bridge (not live yet...)
"Create connections between words."

It traverses WordNet to find a way to get from one word to another via synonyms. You can get the definition for any word in the path.

It doesn't necessarily find the shortest path. It goes for a length of around ten the first time, then randomizes the length. And you can change words within the path and it'll complete the rest

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!


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Todd pimps the. Anthology

Last open mic: Eliot


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

Next: Bill Blye


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

Next: Alden Rivendale Jones

Long-Distance One-Way Friendship

Using to find stuff and then write about it

Many instances of

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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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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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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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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i wrote about tools! lots of cool tools!
my new post about the wonderful world of tools made by small teams, solo-devs, and shareware...
weird, beautiful, and experimental things to be creative in
a lot of these are relevant to gamedev

What is the most 1999 videogame that was released during the 2010s?

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