“Read Me Like a Bot” – Talk at CITEC about Twitter bots

We are looking very much forward to a visit by Tony Veale, a computer scientist from Dublin University College, who will give a talk on 4th of July, 17h-18.30h, at CITEC (room 2.015), titled “Read Me Like a Bot: Lessons from Affective, Topical and Personalised Twitter Bots”.

Abstract: Creativity can be an intensely personal affair. We put ourselves into what we create, relying on our experiences and values to build artifacts we hope others will value too. In doing so, we reveal our personalities. And when we create for others and assimilate the values of an audience, creativity becomes personal and personalised. So context is crucial to creativity, as shown by the significance we attach to Boden’s labels P- and H-Creativity. It is context that allows a creative system to truly assess novelty, or to ensure that its topical artifacts really are topical. An important but an often overlooked aspect of context is personality. A Computational Creativity (CC) system that is designed to reflect a specific aspect of the creative temperament, whether it is humour, arrogance or whimsy, must stay true to this assumed personality in its actions. Likewise, a system that creates artifacts that are rooted in emotion must be sensitive to the personality or mood of its audience. But here we must tread carefully, as the assessment of personal qualities often implies judgement, and so few of us like to be judged, especially by our machines. But when do creative bots veer from benevolence into nuisance or even harassment? To
better understand the upsides and pitfalls of topicality- and personality-based CC systems, we unpack three of these systems here, and explore the lessons they offer.

Tony Veale is an associate professor in the School of Computer Science
at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Among other works, he is
co-author of the book “Twitterbots: Making Machines that Make Meaning”
(MIT Press, 2018), see: https://www.cs.ucd.ie/AcademicProfile/TonyVeale/

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