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Automating Writing from Androids to AI

Vee, Annette (2023) Automating Writing from Androids to AI. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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This application requests funds for two research activities related to a book in progress and to be conducted over the next year: 1) travel to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to examine the Maillardet Automaton (~1800) and 2) subscriptions to three of the commercial AI text generation services currently offered online. My book, Automating Writing from Androids to AI, asks: What does it mean to be a human writer in the midst of faster and more prevalent machine writing? How must we change our writing and teaching practices to account for these new forms of computational writing? I connect the recent developments in AI and writing (natural language generation, or NLG) to a longer history of automation. Drawing on histories of 18th automata, 19th century science and fiction, accounts of amanuenses in the 19th and 20th centuries, poetic, business and computing experiments in the 20th century, and contemporary developments in NLG, Automated Writing provides a humanistic and historical context for the quest to automate writing. My interdisciplinary research expertise in computing and writing positions me to carry out this project. Microgrant funding will cover the trip to Philadelphia and the cost of several online subscriptions to explore current NLG technology.


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CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vee, AnnetteADV17@pitt.edu0000-0003-2975-4466
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/08wg-vp96
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arts & Humanities Microgrants
Other ID: 6332
Additional Information: Posters to be added by March 1, 2023
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2023 20:11
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 15:45


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