Can an artificial emotional intelligence ever exist? How well will computers be able to appreciate and interpret human emotion?
“Discover, understand and revise language tones in text.” This is the selling point for IBM’s Tone Analyzer Beta built off of Watson.
Inspired by the recent release of the Watson Tone Analyzer, Leslie Ruckman and I decided to see what would happen if we tried to analyze the deeper human emotions conveyed through poetry with these newly minted tools. We decided to go with a familiar poet whose work was prolific enough to be counted as a data set, and popular enough to be fully digitized. We landed on Emily Dickinson.
We decided to start with her top 5 most popular poems assuming that they contained some magic that resonates with a largest number of people.
We then ran the text of these poems through Tone Analysis to discover emotional metrics such as: emotional summary, language style summary, and social summary.
Think of it as a photo booth built to surprise and delight.
It is simply a curious black box from the outside, but once the user places their face inside, the system is triggered and a world of singing, seemingly ad infinitum, mechanical bears delight. In attempt to capture that moment of surprise, a hidden camera snaps a photo. The user only is only able to see the photo afterwards, wherein they realize they have become part of the bear milieu.
Klopstock Poetry is poetry generated using a combination of keywords extracted from stock photos using Google's Cloud Vision API and the programmatically shuffled poetry of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock.
Sounds are spatialized to the emerging limbs and excerpts of Walt Whitman's The Body Electric are interspersed with the sporadically appearing body that hovers above.
To view online, with a mobile device, or a Samsung Gear Headset, click here.
[360 Audio/Video, Spatialized Sound, Gear VR]
The Weather Window is a surrealistic prototype. Once the curtain is drawn and snapped into place, you can look out the window and easily determine the weather in one of 24 cities via scrolling text on an LED matrix. The city can be changed using the dial mounted on the top of the window. The weather data is being imported in real time from OpenWeatherMap.org.
An ITP Physical Computing project in partner with Gustavo Campos Abbott.
Alongside Leslie Ruckman, I created a series of web and printed images for the 2016 Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) Spring Show. The ITP Show is a biannual event that showcases the work of its graduate students at New York University.
The concept is inspired by the recent popularity explosion of Virtual Reality and general technology fetishism, particularly in a tech-centered program, such as ITP. The following are the final images and mockups.
Underground markets are not only a fascinating anthropological study in and of themselves, but they comprise a serious subsect of the actual economy. According to Buehn et al., underground or “shadow” markets make up about 1/6 of the estimated world GDP. What is being sold and where is it being sold?
These illegal centers of commerce speak to many of humanity’s honest demands, however disturbing they may be. Their existence serves to highlight our ability to commodify almost anything in this world.
The Black Market Vending Machine is attempt to highlight the absurd and disturbing nature of commodification around the world.
I chose to use Havocscope for my information as opposed to live underground market sites (like the Silk Road) 1) for ease of access to information and 2) it provided an interesting data set since it has specifically cited incidents in various countries. It became apparent, while sifting through the information, that comparing the prices of things in different countries contributed to the disturbing nature of the underground market.
The items sold include, AK-47s, prostitutes, fake Harvard degrees, girls, methamphetamine, tiger parts, kidneys, and hired hitman.