Fall 2018

An animated narration of SMS conversations had with friends through a mediating chat bot I built, named after Emily Post.

The basis for the video is a bot that relays text messages between two conversation partners. The positive or negative sentiment of each message sent to the bot is analyzed and scored simplistically using keywords in the message. For a message to successfully send, it must be within a narrow sentiment window defined by the previous message sent. Should a message successfully send, it sets the new sentiment score.

Photos of the installation.

Naturally, conversation rapidly devolves into a guessing game of what will send or not, and transforms into a reflection of the bounds the conversation is defined by.

One of the conversations the video is based on.