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Created in FNAR 220 - Producing Ephemera at UPenn.
The prompt was “scale shift.”
How many texts have you sent? What words do you use most often? Do you text differently with your parents than with your friends? What’s your favorite emoji? What’s your favorite curse word? I got the chance to find out.

I used a program created by David Holtz to scan my entire iMessage library on my computer since November 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM to find all kinds of different data. This includes both texts I’ve sent and received. Then, I visualized the data and printed it on a risograph.

As part of the display, I included an AI chatbot for viewers to interact with. You can play with it here.

Side note for computer science people: This chatbot is powered by Norbert Landsteiner’s implementation of Joseph Weizenbaum’s famed ELIZA program.
I found the algorithm of the chatbot very interesting, as most of its responses are just hardcoded. You can read more about its history here.


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