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something mechanical in something living

laser cut white and reflective silver vinyl, paint
2011
Artwork by [user-name]

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.

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