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February 21 2018

The TR-808 art is a piece of art. It’s engineering art, it’s so beautifully made. If you have an idea of what is going on in the inside, if you look at the circuit diagram, and you see how the unknown Roland engineer was making the best out of super limited technology, it’s unbelievable. You look at the circuit diagram like you look at an orchestral score, you think, how on earth did they come up with this idea. It’s brilliant, it’s a masterpiece.
Monolake

February 18 2018

I think it’s disingenuous for services like Alexa to give the impression of having a coherent, intelligent personality when the thing that talks to you is a patchwork of many complex systems, all running in server farms far away. The device sat in your room is not Alexa - it’s the business end of a very large, very complex networked iceberg. I also think that it’s a problem that the personality it pretends to have is bland, subservient, coded ‘female’ - a 1950s secretary in a box. This is why I like to make things that speak with many voices for these devices - a truer reflection of the herd of algorithms running things behind the scenes, and less bound to a particular false personality.
— Henry Cooke in prehensile/alexa-sittingroom
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February 21 2018

The TR-808 art is a piece of art. It’s engineering art, it’s so beautifully made. If you have an idea of what is going on in the inside, if you look at the circuit diagram, and you see how the unknown Roland engineer was making the best out of super limited technology, it’s unbelievable. You look at the circuit diagram like you look at an orchestral score, you think, how on earth did they come up with this idea. It’s brilliant, it’s a masterpiece.
Monolake

February 18 2018

I think it’s disingenuous for services like Alexa to give the impression of having a coherent, intelligent personality when the thing that talks to you is a patchwork of many complex systems, all running in server farms far away. The device sat in your room is not Alexa - it’s the business end of a very large, very complex networked iceberg. I also think that it’s a problem that the personality it pretends to have is bland, subservient, coded ‘female’ - a 1950s secretary in a box. This is why I like to make things that speak with many voices for these devices - a truer reflection of the herd of algorithms running things behind the scenes, and less bound to a particular false personality.
— Henry Cooke in prehensile/alexa-sittingroom

February 21 2018

The TR-808 art is a piece of art. It’s engineering art, it’s so beautifully made. If you have an idea of what is going on in the inside, if you look at the circuit diagram, and you see how the unknown Roland engineer was making the best out of super limited technology, it’s unbelievable. You look at the circuit diagram like you look at an orchestral score, you think, how on earth did they come up with this idea. It’s brilliant, it’s a masterpiece.
Monolake
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