Hi Ami (and all),
I may have posted this earlier (or earlier at empyre, or in a dream), but here are my own particular (blatant, transparent) brute force fails with dragon dictate, google translate, handwriting to ascii, databent images, google image search, and natural human languages:
(the clearest documentation is probably here: http://deepyoung.org/current/remixthebook/internet/ ).
As a theorist, I "interpret" this work as simply accelerated and foregrounded "grammatological" slippage ('puters are good for accelerating failures). But probably (more or less) the way all present tense historical utterances pull from the past and lead to the future. Kind of. Maybe. In a way.
On Mar 27, 2014, at 6:33 PM, Ami Clarke wrote:
> hi all
> I'm particularly interested in the affects on speech and language that come about through various ways of working with voice recognition software - and think this was particularly pertinent, Victoria -
> The deeper significance is that a person working with your piece would
>> eventually learn what words have problems being
>> translated and would alter the text of what they spoke into the machine so
>> the translation would come out correctly and still preserve the
>> intention of the speaker. In that case the human alters their behavior or
>> speaking patterns to conform to the machines needs. It's like learning to
>> use a tool properly.
> I'm interested what comes about over time - the long-standing changes in the way we communicate - which this hints at above. This is what I was trying to get at when I talked/asked about structures - I'm working on some algorithms with someone who used to work at Goldman Sachs for a project and it's v interesting.
> and to this:
> Is that good? Is that bad? Is it Plato's shadow world?
> I would go all Baudrillard on you.. and say it's layers upon layers of simulacrum - all augmented, and we evolve with the tools we use - bringing forth new subjectivities.
> I've just curated a short programme here in London for DRAF - opening on Saturday if anyone's around - there's some great people in it, and also generally in the programme over the two days starting tomorrow:
> Oral Backstory
> by Erica Scourti live performance. A
> feedback loop produced by reading the past month’s search history into Google’s
> voice activated search function, activating voice as both semantic and
> operative, and generating text and image through an interplay of spoken
> language, voice recognition software and search algorithms.
> Building Robotsby Tyler
> Coburn - live reading by Chris
> Polick - meditates on the “lights out” factory, so-named for the lack of
> need for regular, human supervision. The book takes form as a travelogue of
> improvised performances, which Coburn conducted at a science park in Southern
> Taiwan; rumour has it that a robotics company is presently building one such
> facility on site. During a long walk through the park’s grounds, the author
> considers literary and philosophical speculations on labour, machinic
> intelligence and the “automatic factory”: an enduring fiction gradually
> creeping into reality.
> Error-Correction: an introduction to future
> diagrams (take 3): Impossible Structures “the eye that remains of the me that
> was I”HD video (08:19 mins) and pamphlet (script) by Ami Clarke. (Error-Correction
> App – available soon). A series of
> experimental takes of an on-going enquiry into diagrams, that reference and
> include appropriated texts, whereby the voice, through language, is constituted
> “between someone else’s thoughts and the page’, and considers the production of
> meaning through inference, association, paradox, and contradiction.