this exercise was followed by a discussion of random number generation techniques and how you can "shape" random numbers to produce experiences with different affordances and affects
@aparrish that looks like a fun exercise :)
Are you familiar with the Illuminatus! trilogy? In that book, there is a computer that performs an i-ching reading, and then searches for recent news articles that correspond to it. That kind of arbitrary automated filtering is interesting & maybe useful.
(I mean, we do it ourselves, but automating it is interesting in other ways)
@aparrish @enkiv2 I haven't read it, but "Focault's Pendulum" has a similar theme - a computer which generates arbitrary connections, but which they start listening to. They know it is random, but find it fun to look for connections; they start taking it seriously without exactly noticing that they have. Effectively, the humans do the filtering; no automatic search needed.