Auctioning some geeky stuff

I’m selling Seasons 1-5 of The Simpsons and the first book ever written by a computer (The Policeman’s Beard Is Half-Constructed, Racter, 1984) on eBay.

Wish me luck and/or put in a bid! (I’m guessing that and will want the AI-written book, or know someone who would.)

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9 responses to “Auctioning some geeky stuff

  1. poppinjaye

    I work for the one of the creators of BRUTUS, over here.

    http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/1998/C/199802590.html

  2. sylvar

    Oooh. This page looks particularly computer-generated. :)

  3. sylvar

    Oh, and by the way, tell your employer about my auction, eh?

  4. poppinjaye

    That’s an old site–there is no ppcs dept anymore. Not since way before I started here. Now it’s just Cognitive Science.

  5. poppinjaye

    I’d be surprised if he didn’t have it…but ok :)

  6. bethlynn

    bid has been placed

  7. sylvar

    woo woo!

  8. papertygre

    Is the Racter book interesting? What’s it about?

  9. sylvar

    It’s poetry and prose generated by a text-generating program; there have been allegations that the human involved tampered with the output. Many of the prose bits are isomorphic to each other; a fair imitation would be “Mary considers John but John does not contemplate Mary. Cabbages resplendently ponder Mary. Many philologists dance terribly with the cabbages.”

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