Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What would InlanderBot say?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM

This little web app called “What Would I Say?” is making the web rounds today as a fun thing that combines the absurdity of Mad Libs, the serendipity of Times Haiku and the narcissistic curiosity of googling yourself.

Built by students at Princeton, it gobbles up your status posts on Facebook and generates new ones — what you would say if you were a bot, as this Slate post puts it. Here’s the description from the developers:

Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history. Don't worry, we don't store any of your personal information anywhere. In fact, we don't even have a database! All computations are done client side, so only your browser ever sees your post history.

So naturally we plugged in the Inlander to see what would happen:

Whoa. Try it yourself here.

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Lisa Waananen

Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...