Thursday, February 26, 2009

Daniel Everett, "Conversations with a Computer"

A still from the artist's conversations with an electronic psychotherapist. (Above)

"Contained within the operating system of Mac computers is a rudimentary electronic psychotherapist program. Meant to simulate a Rogerian therapist, it engages the participant in a cyclical conversation by taking his or her statements and roughly reconfiguring them into questions. I met with this program three times a week for a month in order to discuss my fear that I was disappearing completely." - Daniel Everett

Ok, so if you have a Mac and you want to visit your electronic psychotherapist, here are the steps:

1. Go to finder
2. then applications.
3. Go to the Utilities folder
4. and open Terminal
5. When it has started up, type in "emacs" and press enter
6. Then press x and escape together
7. Then type in "doctor". You can then begin a conversation with your own personal psychotherapist on your computer. When you finish saying something, hit the return key twice.

Quite interesting,


Daniel Everett

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