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Posted on Fri 5 Apr 2019


Progression of the Honk

This fortnight was dedicated to finding the right honk.After experimenting with various ways of making a gust of air (bike horn, dog toys, aquarium pump, rubber dust cleaner, balloon pump), it turned out that an electric…

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Rachel Smith

Rachel is a multidisciplinary installation artist. Her main interests lie in the relationship between humans and machines and her work has a particular focus on the hidden decision making processes found in artificial…

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Sentiment Honk

‘Sentiment Honk’ is sensitive to negativity. Having a conversation nearby may lead to a series of interruptions or nudges, indicative of the tone of your words.

This fortnight was dedicated to finding the right honk.

After experimenting with various ways of making a gust of air (bike horn, dog toys, aquarium pump, rubber dust cleaner, balloon pump), it turned out that an electric airbed pump triggered by an Arduino was exactly what I'd been looking for.

The current state of affairs

 

 

It has also been a week to think about the context of the horns. Should they only respond to negativity or could they be an emotional chorus representing the full range of sentiments on offer from sentiment analysis? Surprise, calm, fear, sadness, disappointment, anger and disgust. Also, to what extent should the experience be gamified? Would a longer playful interaction make sense in order to find out what sorts of words trigger a response? 

Possible application - positivity policing in the workplace?

 

 

 

 

 


Project blog by Rachel Smith

Posted on Sat 23 Mar 2019

‘Sentiment Honk’ is a reaction to the neural networks embedded in software which make decisions about the emotional timbre of our words. Here are three examples of current applications of sentiment analysis to set the…

Project blog by Rachel Smith

Posted on Wed 15 May 2019

Last Friday as my residency drew to a close, I presented the Sentiment Honk to an audience as part of a lunchtime talk and got some excellent feedback. Here are some things that I’ve learnt in the making of this project.