Algo Detective and The More Pixels Law


Noch ein großartiger Eintrag im Generative Literature Contest (Meow) von Greg Borenstein: Ein generativer Crime-Pulp Comic, hier auf seiner Website in drei Teilen. Das Teil kombiniert halb-generativ, halb manuell Bilder von Flickr, Texte von Project Gutenberg und Image Processing. Nice!

As a starting point, I pulled a bunch of old detective novels off of this list on Project Gutenberg. I wrote a script that searches the text of those books for short sentences that match a series of words. These words act as a kind of script to shape the story. For this first comic here's the script I used: [:question, :murderer, :witness, :saw, :scene, :killer, :weapon, :clue, :accuse, :reveal] So, I end up with a random short-ish sentence that matches each of those words.

Then I pull out interesting phrases from each of these sentences (currently by-hand). I ran these sentences through Flickr search to pull down one for each. Finally I run each of these images through a Processing sketch I wrote that attempts to reproduce the look of one of those "manga camera" apps.

Greg Borenstein ist Computer Vision-Fuzzi beim MIT (von ihm stammt das superfaszinierende Machine Pareidolia-Tumblr) und weil die Dinge manchmal zufällig ganz hervorragend zusammenpassen, hat er neulich auf der O'Reilly Solid-Conference einen extrem interessanten Vortrag über all das und noch mehr gehalten: More Pixels Law – How the Camera is Becoming the Worlds Most Important Sensor: