Experiments in autoliterature

Less a case of infinite monkeys, more a case of infinite loops

Using Google scribe, and beginning only with ‘Give me liberty’, then accepting the first of every suggested autocompletion:

Give me liberty or give me anything what would it be too much for them to become more involved in their children can vary greatly due to company policy and procedures for their use in therapy and is doing well and I’ma let you finish but Beyonce had one of these days I’ll bet your life on the road today and they are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups

Stopping doesn’t seem to be in Google’s vocabulary, then. On and on and on until we fall over. No full stops. Seemingly no grammar, but also interesting incorporation of ebonic grammatic forms. Oh, and an apparently infinite loop.

Let’s start again:

A spectre is haunting European Union and those countries with a copyright term of a patented invention without a license and then you can contact them directly and verify their companies info carefully and contact the seller with questions before you make any changes to their owners with their original licenses and permits to open and close themselves off from their jobs and their proportion against the total number of page views delivered based on the seller and the listing broker as an agent of the present invention is to provide and maintain their own calendars and schedules for their employees and their families in their homes and their lives are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right

It has the quality of a childhood word association game in which neither party will give up. The version of English used seems to be that perverse dialect ‘business English’. And again, we find ourselves saying the same thing, over and over again. One more go:

It was the best of times and then they will become more apparent from the following detailed description of these properties are not well understood and therefore not available for this item is available online at the comfort of your home close to your family and friends together for another year of amazing pictures online featuring the world famous Concise Oxford English Dictionary and Thesaurus for Blind and Visually Impaired Children Committee, therefore, that there is anything you would not believe how much I loved them all and I’ma let you finish but Beyonce had one of these days I’ll bet your life on the road today and they are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet

It seems clear that Google is implicitly saying that all human communication amounts to saying the same thing. The endless jowly flap of mouths, the hammering on keyboards: perhaps Google and all other interfaces should be replaced with a single giant Om, signifying oneness in everything. A single mouth repeating the same words – forever.

Are Google’s underlying algorithms generative? Are suggestions produced by its underlying (and ever-changing) database of all words on the web. If so, the loop might change its form; it might unwind. On the other hand, if we all keep following Google’s suggestions and reproducing this loop, typing it into forms and sending it emails, we create the very verbal evidence Google needs to sustain the truth of the loop. Ouroboros! Can you imagine the sitcom catchphrase “I’ma keep popping up in their own right“, the hollow laughter, the hysterical despair of recognition?

Perhaps this is finally the realisation of Kenneth Goldsmith’s dream of the book that writes itself. If so, I think I’ve read this one before.

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3 responses to “Experiments in autoliterature

  1. a) I like to imagine that after 523,973,002 times round the ‘Beyonce’ loop, there is a very brief interlude of something else, a wistful glimpse of wartime romance, or a snippet of a recipe, and then we’re back into ‘I’ma keep popping up in their own right’, and this time it really does go on into infinity, into howling madness.

    b) What’s the ‘I’ma’ all about? Have they got a Joe Dolce meme in there? What happens if you start ‘It’sa notsa bad, it’sa nice-a place’?

  2. This Google scribe, it’sa notsa bad, it’sa nice-a place where you can write by just pressing a button on the right side of the keyboard. It’sa notsa bad to add in a few words of your own now and then,too. Notsa bad for Beyonce and Jay Z. It’sa nice for them but it’sa nice – hey Scribe, stop with the autowrite already! I’ma let you finish writing when I’ma finished writing, OK? I think Beyonce had onea these. It’sa notsa bad for writing Songs of the Decade and how about Jay Z? But also how about your lifestyle and your budget? Beyonce, she’s notsabad but that Jay Z is a freeware utility that will help. It’sa bad, bad man who is not board certified. But Beyonce — she isa nice to look at the new version.

  3. And it’sa notsa bad, it’sa REAL nice when you get a conversation going between Google Scribe and Eliza the computer therapist at http://www.manifestation.com/neurotoys/eliza.php3

    > Hello, I am Eliza.
    * it’sa notsa bad, it’sa nice
    > Don’t you ever say Hello?
    * to your family and friends
    > Why are you concerned about my family and friends?
    * to help you make your decision to buy a new one
    > We were discussing you, not me.
    * who is the best way to get a good deal?
    > Have you asked anyone else?
    * your Dell Printers And Fax Machines will automatically find and install all the drivers
    > What about your own Dell Printers And Fax Machines will automatically find and install all the drivers?
    * it’sa notsa bad

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