Many tools have been developed to give computers better ways to understand people – via analysis of facial expressions, written language, speech, and internet activity – allowing for the prediction of intent and future action. How do the resulting digital ontologies and software representation express, mutate, or influence qualities of human experience? Is there a tension between the hypothetical outcomes of these tools and their practical, quotidian applications? Semantic networks are one such tool. This installation co-opts the topology of a semantic network called the ConceptNet to act as a metaphor for the particular outcome of commodification – via an aggressive, real-time, recursive depth-first graph search of the API.
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