hi fediverse, I just posted transcripts of a few talks and lectures I've given over the past few years, mostly concerning the connections between machine learning, language and poetry: https://posts.decontextualize.com
(notes and summaries in individual posts below)
"Desire (under)lines: Notes toward a queer phenomenology of spell check" asserts that spell check is a "straightening device" (following Sara Ahmed's use of that term) that attempts to curb spelling's material, expressive, and sensual qualities. Includes a fun proto-Indo-European etymology aside https://posts.decontextualize.com/queer-in-ai-20
(originally prepared for the EACL 2021 Queer in AI Social)
"Language models can only write poetry" is an attempt to categorize the outputs of language models (from Tzara's newspaper cutups to Markov chains to GPT-3) using speech act theory. Touches on the immersive fallacy, Jhave's ReRites, Janelle Shane's AI Weirdness, Kristeva, etc. https://posts.decontextualize.com/language-model
(excerpted from my Vector Institute / BMOLab "distinguished lecture")
I've got a workflow going now where I can create a presentation and a nicely formatted transcript (i.e., my speaker notes) from one file, and post it to the web straight from my notes app (Zettlr), so hopefully it's easier for me to do all this in the future
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