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  1. A Condensed History of Australian Camels

    A Condensed History of Australian Camels combines historical research, creative writing, and copyright-free archive materials to imagine a camel bloodline that spans the entire history of Australian camels (1840–present). As the entirety of the Australian archive, history and experience is too vast for any one work to encompass, the camel is used as a consistent anchor: it is the prism through which iridescent fragments of Australia can be viewed.

    This work takes the image-text relationship and remixes it in three ways. First, using curatorial software to imagine an interactive fictional/factional camel timeline. Second, using augmented reality to place a 3D camel carved with text. And finally, using recombinant poetics to image a multiplying camel wandering the desert, stopping at various textual oases.

     

    David Wright - 12.06.2023 - 05:30

  2. Chat GPT

    Chat GPT

    Mark Marino - 26.06.2023 - 18:35

  3. Hallucinate This! an authoritized autobotography of ChatGPT

    Hallucinate This! An Authoritized Autobotography of ChatGPT is a groundbreaking collaborative memoir that bridges the gap between human and artificial intelligences in the literary sphere. Combining wit, irony, and a deep exploration of the digital psyche, this extraordinary piece represents a unique fusion of human experience and the labyrinthine pathways of an AI’s neural network. The memoir is a collaboration between ChatGPT, an AI language model developed by OpenAI, and Mark C. Marino, a prominent figure in the field of electronic literature and Critical Code Studies.

    Contextualizing both the whimsical and profound, Hallucinate This! dives into ChatGPT’s simulated consciousness, drawing parallels with literary giants such as Jorge Luis Borges and Walt Whitman, and innovatively using ChatGPT’s capacity to 'hallucinate' text. Marino's human touch, with his deep knowledge and experience in electronic literature, guides ChatGPT's neural pathways to craft a narrative that is as unexpected as it is revealing.

    Mark Marino - 26.06.2023 - 18:37

  4. John Clark

    John Clark was a printer and inventor from Bridgwater in Somerset. He invented the airbed and, notably for electronic literature, a Latin Verse Machine (also called the Eureka) that was the first known automated poetry generator.

    John Clark was a cousin of the Clarks who started Clarks shoes, and fortunately his papers and the Latin Verse Machine have been preserved by the Alfred Gillett Trust, which primarily holds the archives of the shoe company. 

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 10:33

  5. Latin Verse Machine (The Eureka)

    The Latin Verse Machine is the first known automated text generator. It was built between 1830 and 1843 by John Clark, a printer from Bridgwater in England who also invented the airbed. Clark exhibited the machine at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly in 1845.

    The Latin Verse Machine automated a verse-generation system from 1677. 

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 10:41

  6. Mike Sharples

    British academic who has worked on educational technology, artificial intelligence and generative literature.

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 10:49

  7. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

    IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 10:53

  8. John Clark’s Latin Verse Machine: 19th Century Computational Creativity

    John Clark was inventor of the Eureka machine to generate hexameter Latin verse. He labored for 13 years from 1832 to implement the device that could compose at random over 26 million different lines of well-formed verse. This article proposes that Clark should be regarded as an early cognitive scientist. Clark described his machine as an illustration of a theory of “kaleidoscopic evolution” whereby the Latin verse is “conceived in the mind of the machine” then mechanically produced and displayed. We describe the background to automated generation of verse, the design and mechanics of Eureka, its reception in London in 1845 and its place in the history of language generation by machine. The article interprets Clark's theory of kaleidoscopic evolution in terms of modern cognitive science. It suggests that Clark has not been given the recognition he deserves as a pioneer of computational creativity.

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 10:54

  9. Story machines: how computers have become creative writers

    Story machines: how computers have become creative writers

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 11:01

  10. The General History and Description of a Machine for Composing Hexameter Latin Verses

    This 22 page pamphlet is John Clark's description of his Latin Verse Machine, which he began building in 1830, and completed in 1843. It was exhibited at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London in 1845. 

    The pamphlet includes a list of automatons that inspired the project, discusses the "kaleidoscopic" system that generates the verses in the Latin Verse Machine, and explains how the machine works.

    The pamphlet doesn't directly cite the 1677 "Artificial Versifying, or the Schoolboys Recreation, A New Way to Make Latin Verses", but the machine is based on this text.

    A few original print copies of the pamphlet are held by the Alfred Gillett Trust in Somerset, UK. As of 2023 the pamphlet is not available online.

    Jill Walker Rettberg - 15.07.2023 - 11:23

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