Simon Greenwold’s “I Like to Watch” is “a program that watches television. Specifically, it watches COPS on Fox. It is not a video, it is a software process that tries to make sense of a live video feed. COPS is all it has ever known, and it probably thinks it is COPS. It has started to watch television as the show.” From the description: “It analyzes every frame, searching the field for outlines that remind it of something it has seen before. When it recognizes a contour it tags it with a guess as to what might be going on, gathered from its experience of words and pictures that go together. It sometimes tries to put words in the mouths of the characters. CopVision is funny when commercials come on because it doesn’t know that it isn’t COPS, and it keeps watching the same way.” I like the idea of writing software to do things that humans enjoy doing to see if the computer might actually react in the same way as us. If not, its a fun experiment to see how memory and vision connect up.. something I’ve been practicing lately…

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