I think Calvin's got a point here. Its significantly more difficult to chop things we personify into entree-sized bits. Its also precisely what I loved about Allison Parish's talk and her approach to her work. Allison regards exploration bots and generative programs as personified robot beings that serve humanity by venturing out into spaces too hostile for us. What struck me the most was the comments some of the twitter bots were getting, where followers were directly speaking to the bot as a person no less than the rest of us. I tend to get attached to my work pretty easily, but perhaps that will allow me to create generative art and AI that feel real and have a unique personality. Every one of the automatons shown in class recently were far more than a set of servos and scrap material from CCR; it was even fitting for most of them to have names because ultimately in critique we referred to the automatons by their name and commented on their character. After seeing Allison's talk I'm certain the same could be achieved with the generative text assignment. Given the relationship humans have with reading so far, there's an inherent expectation that an author wrote the generated text.

The Deep Questions bot truly felt like there was a conspiracyKeanu-esque individual with too much time on their hands sharing their thoughts on the internet, and going forward with the generative text assignment I want to anthropomorphize the perceived "author" of the text just as much as the text itself.