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Articles by Laura U. Marks:

The Task of the Digital Translator

What I want to look into in this essay is intermodal translation, and what happens when it is undertaken by computers. Digital translation software allows us to “translate” from any medium to any other by inserting parameters to which we’d like variables in each medium to correspond. For example, optical character recognition programs learn to translate shapes (of typed letters) into signs (for letters of the alphabet). In most applications of digital translation, the program seeks a maximum degree of transparency between the two media; that is, the human-computer interface tries to recreate analog experience in all of its original richness without adding any additional…

This post is in: Cinema and the Brain,Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory #2 (2000-02)

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