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I forced a bot to read over 1,000 papers from open-access journals and then asked it to write a paper of its own. Here is the result. Or: A quasi-materialist approah to bot-mimicry

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The article develops an approach for close reading of auto-generative writing
agents (i.e. bots). It introduces the concept of bot-mimicry (a practice of
writing in a bot-esque style), and argues that bot-mimicry inherently entails
that reader and writer alike imagine a conceptual (fictional) bot which could
have written the text. As such, it investigates the concept as a fruitful way of
engaging with cultural, aesthetic and political conceptions and imaginaries
surrounding bots. Furthermore, and through an example reading of the “Olive
Garden tweet”, the paper develops, introduces and applies a quasi-materialist
approach, where seemingly immaterial elements such as implicit conceptual
bots are considered through a framework inspired by materialist media
theory from the fields of software studies, media archaeology, and electronic
Original languageEnglish
JournalA Peer-Reviewed Journal About
Pages (from-to)114 - 126
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
EventTransmediale 2019 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 30 Jan 20193 Feb 2019


ConferenceTransmediale 2019
LocationHaus der Kulturen der Welt

    Research areas

  • bot-mimicry, Twitter, @KeatonPatti, memes, machine learning, electronic literature, bots

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