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This volume investigates the machine learning algorithm of Google Translate. The source text consists of single phonemes or words that are incrementally repeated in the translate window. Repeated Japanese phonemes that would sound like "uh uh uh uh" to the human listener translate into a complex web of words that allude meaning and hint at the poetic.

5 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
84 pages

This volume is part of the Automatic Automatic Writing Series of Unknown Unknowns. The series imagines automatic writing in the traditional sense with the added layer of algorithmic mediation such as auto-correct, translation and/or grammar suggestion.