Posted in art, technology by johnsnavely on August 26, 2009

I thought this project was quite beautiful:

It’s a drawing machine that samples from the patent library and best selling books. From the website:

Basic procedure

  1. The program downloads and parses a part of the text of a recent best-selling book.
  2. The algorithm eliminates all insignificant words like “I”, “and”, “to”, “for”, “the”, etc. The remaining words and their combinations are the keywords for the patent drawings.
  3. Using the keywords in chronological order, it searches for the key-patents.
  4. The program now searches for a path connecting the found key patents. This is possible because every patent contains several references to older patents – the so-called “prior art”.
  5. All key-patents and the patents connecting them semantically are arranged and printed.
  6. Goto step 1.

The result is a sort of infinite illustrated technical manual of technology and literature. I wish they could make a campier version which sampled lyrics from pop songs.

Be sure and watch the video.


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  1. severnyproductions said, on August 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    lol. thats cool

  2. Mlle. LeRenard said, on August 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    OOh, cool!!! I love this!!

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