something mechanical in something living documents my astoundingly unsuccessful attempt to “train” Dragon system’s speech to text translation software. Following several minutes of misinterpretations I began to laugh. The microphone continued to record my sounds and the software struggled dutifully to interpret my apparent words. The more I read the resulting text the harder I laughed, becoming a self-generating humor machine.
The title of the piece is taken from a work by Henri Bergson - Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic.