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Defragmentation: Speaking with the Mindless


Wed 18 July 2018, 14.00 – 17.00
Schader-Forum (2nd Floor: Room 2)

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As we encounter ever more electronic devices which can parse human speech and respond to it with speech of their own, we are all going to have to get comfortable with the idea of having conversations with non-organic entities. Now that we can have spoken conversations with our machines, can we design good conversation partners to join us while engaged in an artistic process? Can we move beyond having soul-less interactions with machines designed to follow our orders or collect data about us, and find a way to brainstorm with entities without brains? The idea of thinking of these entities as creative partners may seem far-fetched, but we draw inspiration from non-thinking entities continually through art and life.

14:00 – 15:00
Workshop Series A (open to all)

Four one-hour workshops interacting and conversing in the presence of a listening and speaking machine conversation partner.
The system, implemented on a network of Raspberry Pi computers, will „eavesdrop“ on conversations of workshop participants, entering their conversations and offering commentary on their remarks from time to time. The workshop provides participants a platform and context for exploring new thinking about the nature of conversation, creativity and improvisation, through both simply conversing about art with – or in the presence of – the system, and also by contributing to adjustments and refinements of its behavior.

15:00 – 17:00
Workshop Series B (for programmers)

Two two-hour workshops focused on the technical aspects of the project and code development. These are open to those with basic programming skills in javascript and / or python. Here, participants can work with our open-source code to define and develop their own variations on our system, making creative machine-based conversation partners or interactive speech-based compositions of their own. Please submit a short description of your experience with writing code in either of the computer languages mentioned.

Registration is required:
defragmentation@darmstaedter-ferienkurse.de

 

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