Uncreative Course Description

Das Textgenerierungstool InferKit bietet ein einfaches Web-Interface, um ein neuronales Netzwerk anzusteuern, das den Text Completion Task erfüllt. Um mir darüber klarzuwerden, worum es in der Ringvorlesung gehen soll, habe ich dem Tool den ersten Absatz des Lehrveranstaltungskommentars übergeben (im Folgenden unterstrichen) und zwei Fortsetzungen generiert.

Einmal entschied sich der Algorithmus für das Thema Hochschullehre:

Digital technologies are fundamentally shaping the practice of creative writing. Both the writing process in all its phases and the products of writing are being reshaped by digital media, and with it our understanding of textuality, authorship, and creativity. Such changes can only be celebrated and encouraged, not scoffed at. Let’s move away from the claims that digital technologies make it harder for writers to produce good writing and instead embrace the ways digital tools change and enhance the process of writing.

To that end, the greater challenge for teachers is to offer students more courses in which digital technologies themselves are used to help students understand the process and value of writing and writing well. For example, by teaching students to play with digital text, and so moving from textual meaning to the digital aspects that surround and enhance it, students learn to appreciate text as a facet of the larger social and cultural ecosystem.

In the course on digital texts, we study the digital effects of such things as photo sharing and search and page layout and design. We examine how algorithms determine meaning on the web, and how new technologies affect the ways writers can interact with their audience.

Und das andere Mal entschied er sich für das Thema Literatur:

Digital technologies are fundamentally shaping the practice of creative writing. Both the writing process in all its phases and the products of writing are being reshaped by digital media, and with it our understanding of textuality, authorship, and creativity. While the methods and trends of writers have long been tied to their personal styles, the new possibilities opened up by new digital technologies and their rapid adoption by practitioners make even such basic distinctions increasingly difficult to discern.

So we’re launching a project called Creative Incorporation that asks writers who are experimenting with new media to write about how they’re engaging with the creative processes of other writers, especially established writers—and especially established American writers. The aim is to understand the ways in which digital technologies are making possible new modes of creativity, as well as the tensions that can arise as practices of creative thinking merge with practices of publishing, of distribution, of accessibility, and of audience. This project, born out of discussion at R & R/John Florio and The Speculative Studies Working Group’s Steering Committee meeting in New York in June, aims to foster an understanding of the ways that digital technologies are reshaping what it means to be a writer in the US.

Not bad. Und keine schlechten Ideen. So gute sogar, dass ich darüber ganz vergessen habe, was ich davor im Sinn hatte.


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