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The Human Text - Roopika Risam

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Slides for my talk "The Human Text" for undergraduates at Temple University, sponsored by the General Education Curriculum and the Center for Humanities.

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The Human Text - Roopika Risam

  1. 1. The Human Text Roopika Risam Salem State University @roopikarisam
  2. 2. How are normative forms of identity constructed as "human" through computational and digital technologies?
  3. 3. Quiz: Human or Computer? “A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:25 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles.”
  4. 4. Quiz: Human or Computer? “When I in dreams behold thy fairest shade Whose shade in dreams doth wake the sleeping morn The daytime shadow of my love betray’d Lends hideous night to dreaming’s faded form.”
  5. 5. Quiz: Human or Computer? "# Creation def dstBit(mass,rot,vel): bMass=mass bRot=rot bVel=vel def dstCld(mass,rot): mass=mass rot=rot"
  6. 6. Quiz: Human or Computer? "Mon sa me el kirimoor, Ve dice kor, korrand ve deer Leet vire or sand vite, Re sive tas tor; Tu tas tire or re sim bire Rozan dire ras to por tantor, Dorozire, soron, Bas ber vind can sor, gosham, Mon sa me el, a som on oor."
  7. 7. Humanoid texts are texts that have been written by computers but can "pass" as written by humans.
  8. 8. Scientists are developing natural language processing software that can generate, understand, and analyze language that humans use naturally.
  9. 9. Language is not neutral. Language is political.
  10. 10. Language and literature are technologies of colonialism.
  11. 11. We can't let computational and digital technologies be tools of imperialism too.
  12. 12. SwiftKey Engine “When I in dreams behold thy fairest shade Whose shade in dreams doth wake the sleeping morn The daytime shadow of my love betray’d Lends hideous night to dreaming’s faded form.”
  13. 13. Jean Toomer - Sound Poem (I) "Mon sa me el kirimoor, Ve dice kor, korrand ve deer Leet vire or sand vite, Re sive tas tor; Tu tas tire or re sim bire Rozan dire ras to por tantor, Dorozire, soron, Bas ber vind can sor, gosham, Mon sa me el, a som on oor."
  14. 14. If a text can "pass" for human, what are our presumptions about human texts?
  15. 15. Are humanoid texts simply mirrors of normative perceptions about what it means to be human?

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