Experimental Video Art

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You are listening to a machine trying to understand The Bible. The red network of lines is a live video of the machine's brain, built using custom software. Each line is like a neuron that fires whenever it sees a particular word. As time goes by, the brain gets better at reading. It adapts to recognize words, starting with the words it sees most frequently.

The text on the right is the original text, the text below is what the activated neuron thinks it's reading.

The piece is run as a live installation; it takes approximately two days for the machine to read The Bible. This video is a short excerpt of that process, taken as the machine is beginning to understand its first words.

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