This event takes place in THINC Lab, 2nd Floor, library.
In Fall 2015, author Stephen Marche asked me whether I could use computational textual analysis to develop a set of rules that would help him write “the perfect science fiction story.” In this talk, I describe the process that Julian Brooke and I used to supply Marche with 14 thematic rules and 24 stylistic targets. I also discuss the public response to the resulting story, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” published in the December 2017 issue of Wired magazine. Whereas numerous commentators have complained that the story lacks “humanity,” the process in fact blended computational analysis and human interpretation. It is thus better seen as an instance of computer-assisted “creative deformance” than as “robotic authorship.”