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steal this idea and make this program please.


icon: "writing (a relief carving of Seshat, overlaid with my fractal "Colorflight")"

OMG I just had the best idea. Much of rhetorical power is in structure, so it should be possible to create a computer program where you can write a speech, then have it process it into a format that would create the desired result - being remembered and taken seriously. Things like repetition of key words, sets of three, rhyme, alliteration and assonance, even puns, those would all totally be programmable. ARGH wish I had the skills to do this.

Of course, it may already be done.

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delicatexflower ══╣butterfly╠══

i can ask billy to help you with this. he's a programmer. credit will go to you for coming up with this. <3
delicatexflower ══╣heart shaped glasses╠══

billy's advice:
you take a well-known speech (obama, bill clinton, MLK) and then you calculate a markov model(to create a probabilistic map) use that to make random speeches. that probably already exists. then what you would do, replace the words in the markov model with numbers, and then after you generate a random speech, you replace the numbers with the words you want to use.

billy said he is willing to give to think about it. but it will probably wouldn't work out that way. markov models tend to not make senses what they generate.

look here for something like what you want:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MegaHAL
basil_00 ══╣╠══
this does sound doable, and it sounds like something i could maybe start on, but it also sounds like something that maybe shouldn't be automated.

do you know what I mean?

or at least, it seems like the degree to which I could do it could result only in a program that produced far too mechanical of results. And in order to make it seem less mechanized, much randomization would be necessary, between different ways to go about writing the same ideas, and this would involve so much more programming of possible alternatives, that the whole project seems like it would be ultimately so much more massive of a time commitment than it would be to just write the speeches.

But then again, I guess I don't write that many speeches. And maybe I'm just not good enough at programming.
wildrose ══╣╠══
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