[-empyre-] Writing and Pattern Flows

Concerning   [-empyre-] Writing and Pattern Flows

"The potential exists to apply this notion of flow field to a dynamic narrative trajectory, where a history has an initial vector, is run through a field of narrative possibilities, and the field of forces result in an output vector. Specific possibilities/states can be given proportional weights that sum to produce the output vector. These weights are fungable as time and other forces modify the landscape (including the initial trajectory itself - everything has a wake). I'm currently actively exploring this potential for dynamic narrative generation."


I spent two weeks in deep discussion with Otto Rössler. 45 hours of interview/discussion was recorded. Among other ponderings, Seaman and Rössler are collaborating on the creation/generation of a sentient machine. Our title for the initial concept is the Benevolence Engine. Needless to say, Rössler was writing about related force fields in 74 in his equation for a brain[1]. The most important question here (for this discussion) is how our notion of writing is expanding. We inscribed (clay tablets etc.), we later used pens and pencils and beautiful brushes (including pictographic language systems), we used typewriters (skewmorphs as Kate Hales describes),we generate/listen to music, watch TV and movies [and in particular now play games]? and now we are on the cusp of a number of open areas of research.

1) Will someone develop an interface that enables us to write with media-elements with the ease of use a typewriter? (My World Generator [programmer Gideon May] is a first attempt)[2]
2) Will real time natural language processing and multi-modal search algorithms aid in this new form of writing?
3) Will real time employment of code constructions find related information as we speak and present it to us as an alternate mode of association?
4) Will code-based authorship alter all authorship as we know it (see Jon's game perspective)(remembering Wittgenstein's language games)and open out writing to entirely new modes of narrative and non-narrative construction.
5) Will generative tool kits based on object based programming alter language use as we know it?
6) And will we create sentient entities that can write for themselves (generate pattern flows with a particular depth of contextual understanding)? (a subsection of Seaman's and Rössler's goals)?

We are on the cusp of developing new communication systems that will enable us to write in very new ways?

Seaman Oct. 6 2005

[1] Rössler, Otto, Adequate Locomotion Strategies For An Abstract Organism in An Absrtract Environment - A relational Approach to Brain function, as found in Lecture Notes in Biomathematics, Managing Editor S. Levin, #4, Physics and Mathematics of the Nervous System edited by M. Conrad, W. Güttinger, and M. Dal Cin., Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, new York, 1973. p. 342

[2]See Billseaman.com for dissertation and other texts

Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
Department  Head
Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division)
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, R.I. 02903-4956
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