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I placed the algorithmic narrative within library books throughout the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec. By placing the text within real books, I placed my computerised author on the same hierarchy of human authors. If machine generated poetry can be confused with real poetry, is this the death of the author?
I have also been chatting to Daniel Temkin's 'Drunk Eliza' programme using my predictive text in order to see how algorithms interact with each other. ‘Drunk Eliza’ is a version of Weizenbaum’s ‘Eliza’, which is a proto-chatbot where people can type their problems to a programmed psychotherapist and she will respond by rephrasing their words back to them, or saying generic therapist tropes. Weizenbaum became uncomfortable with Eliza as people began to treat her like a real therapist, the same way my 'Authored by Algorithms' series has replaced the author. Temkin twists the Eliza artwork by writing it in a programming language called Entropy which decays all data over time, creating a commentary on giving up the control which programmers often want and need.
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