Quelques bons artisans du web

« Une expérience bien conçue et bien conduite procure un plaisir comparable à celui qu’éprouve l’artisan devant un travail bien fait. »

Publié le : 07.10.2019
Dernièrement modifié le : 04.12.2022
Temps de lecture estimé : ~ 2 min.
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« Au jeu intellectuel que représente la confrontation permanente entre les modèles théoriques et la réalité, il faut ajouter le plaisir physique que beaucoup d’entre nous retirent de la pratique expérimentale. Une expérience bien conçue et bien conduite procure un plaisir comparable à celui qu’éprouve l’artisan devant un travail bien fait. » — Pierre Joliot, La recherche passionnément.

Jake Chudnow


Pen, papers, and math

Math ∩ Programming, Jeremy Kun

Bezier dog

Archillect — “an AI created to discover and share stimulating visual content.”

Archillect has an algorithm that is fed a list of keywords. Instead of posting the search results directly, she wiki-walks between pages and posts, collecting data on various items: image, poster, recent interactions and the visible audience of the post. She maps the social structure of these items by mining as much data as possible from each one of them. This abstract structure helps Archillect find positive results but more importantly, allows her to discover related keywords and eventually learn.

The balance and threshold of keywords and picks are dynamically adjusted as Archillect’s posts on social media gain attention. This not only makes the decision making process nearly human but also gives her a primitive trend perception.

Archillect’s curation process is completely automated. She aims to make her posts reach as far as possible considering the potential followers that may share the content with their own followers. As a result she likes attention from accounts with high potential of making her posts survive in the social web and she increases her trust in the accounts that helps her make the correct choices that made earlier posts reach further. She tries to understand what is “liked” on social media.

As a result she learns, evolves, communicates and becomes happy in her own ways.


Inconvergent is a generative art project by Anders Hoff. The project explores the interesting—and complex—behaviour you can get from systems consisting of simple rules. The project also explores how to use algorithms to create aesthetic compositions, structures and textures.

Some generative pieces of art

Inspiration for the project ranges from natural phenomena, geometry and mathematics, to architecture and writing systems.