The Cyborg Hackeur Workshop

Submission Type

Workshop

Start Date/Time (EDT)

21-7-2024 10:30 AM

End Date/Time (EDT)

21-7-2024 11:30 AM

Location

Algorithms & Imaginaries

Abstract

In this workshop, participants will learn how to prompt Chat GPT (or AI code generator of choice) to generate valid HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code and use a code editor (I will demo Visual Studio Code) to create a unique work of electronic literature or digital writing. This practice is an example of Cyborg writing because it integrates human and artificial intelligence to produce code writing that results in electronic literature. It also brings to bear what I playfully call a hackeur approach, in which you hack the code of an elit “engine” to achieve your own artistic vision. This workshop will blend the two practices by using AI to iteratively generate code that is then modified by the human user to develop their own digital writing and electronic literature.

Here’s an outline of the workshop:

  1. Introductions and sharing of initial ideas for works of electronic literature or code engines.
  2. Choose an idea offered by a workshop participant and demonstrate how to use Chat GPT and VS Code to produce a working piece of electronic literature.
  3. Breakout rooms for participants to develop their own works. I will be available to answer questions, and help debug issues.
  4. Sharing works and discussion.
  5. Conclusion: how to develop engines for Taper, including how to instruct Chat GPT to avoid CSS for formatting and techniques to minimize code to meet 2048 byte size constraints.

The workshop will empower participants to leverage AI to produce works of electronic literature and digital writing, while improving their AI literacy, code literacy, programming skills, and code reading skills. I believe this is an important set of skills to train our community in because it lowers the technical bar to create these kinds of works.

Bio

Professor Leonardo Flores is Chair of the English Department at Appalachian State University. His research areas are electronic literature, with a focus on e-poetry, digital writing, and the history and strategic growth of the field. He’s known for I ♥ E-Poetry, the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3, “Third Generation Electronic Literature” and the Antología Lit(e)Lat, Volume 1. He is a member of the MLA-CCCC Joint Task Force on AI and Writing. For more information on his current work, visit leonardoflores.net.

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Jul 21st, 10:30 AM Jul 21st, 11:30 AM

The Cyborg Hackeur Workshop

Algorithms & Imaginaries

In this workshop, participants will learn how to prompt Chat GPT (or AI code generator of choice) to generate valid HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code and use a code editor (I will demo Visual Studio Code) to create a unique work of electronic literature or digital writing. This practice is an example of Cyborg writing because it integrates human and artificial intelligence to produce code writing that results in electronic literature. It also brings to bear what I playfully call a hackeur approach, in which you hack the code of an elit “engine” to achieve your own artistic vision. This workshop will blend the two practices by using AI to iteratively generate code that is then modified by the human user to develop their own digital writing and electronic literature.

Here’s an outline of the workshop:

  1. Introductions and sharing of initial ideas for works of electronic literature or code engines.
  2. Choose an idea offered by a workshop participant and demonstrate how to use Chat GPT and VS Code to produce a working piece of electronic literature.
  3. Breakout rooms for participants to develop their own works. I will be available to answer questions, and help debug issues.
  4. Sharing works and discussion.
  5. Conclusion: how to develop engines for Taper, including how to instruct Chat GPT to avoid CSS for formatting and techniques to minimize code to meet 2048 byte size constraints.

The workshop will empower participants to leverage AI to produce works of electronic literature and digital writing, while improving their AI literacy, code literacy, programming skills, and code reading skills. I believe this is an important set of skills to train our community in because it lowers the technical bar to create these kinds of works.