ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 161.
Tanya X. Short descends to our dunj to talk about her ten years as the Captain of Kitfox Games. We talk about about long-term studio survival, what so-called AI really is, and making systems-driven games with heart—as well as the necessity of a tea-witch in all functional partnerships.
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• Here are our conversations of varyingly recent vintage with Santiago Zapata, Star St. Germain, Esther Alter, Chris Hanney, Anita Tung, and Emma Kinema.
• And here’s Emily Short’s Five Strategies for Collaborating with a Machine.
• We didn’t get too deep into Emily M. Bender’s work, but Tanya did make reference to a paper Bender co-authored, On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big? And this recent interview contains some of Bender’s thoughts on present-day so-called AI.
• The video essay Drew referenced, about humans being neither the artist nor the audience for a lot of current content, is Lily Alexandre’s Everything Is Sludge: Art in the Post-Human Era.
• No one has really written a definitive history of Boyfriend Maker, unfortunately. For a related but largely distinct ethical nightmare, you could check out this other video essay, on Replika.
• We will indeed be looking into One More Multiverse.
• Regrettably, we didn’t get a chance to talk about that Kitfox blog post about messy design—but it’s something worth considering: elegance maybe being over.
“All The People Say (Season 5)” by Carpe Demon.
“Whipped Into Shape (feat. Madeleine McQueen)” from Boyfriend Dungeon: Secret Weapons, the DLC addendum to the Boyfriend Dungeon OST, by Marskye.
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