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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Aug 31, 2009

Personas, a computer application, was written and installed on a website as part of an MIT art installation. It purports to create a picture of how the internet perceives you:

http://personas.media.mit.edu/personasWeb.html

I've tested it and it certainly has a lot of (predominantly cultural) bugs. However, it's fascinating, fun, and can sometimes be scary.

I've found numerous references to my past life as an artist, but I suspect it never anticipated parrots translating


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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I don't exist! Aug 31, 2009

I tried mine - it simply said "no traces found..."

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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Bull**** Aug 31, 2009

Three consecutive attempts within one minute:

Time-waster.


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avsie  Identity Verified
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Illegal? Aug 31, 2009

Apparently, 'illegal' is one of the largest color on the color bar.

Illegal?

Me?



I really wonder where they got that from!


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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I got it with a caveat Aug 31, 2009

An article by Bennett Gordon:

"With nothing more than a first and last name, the Personas web application creates a picture of how the internet sees you. Eerie insights sometimes flash across the page, often followed by absurd non sequiturs. The website, created as part of an MIT art installation Metropath(ologies), is meant as a critique of data mining efforts by Google, Netflix, and the U.S. Government. In a statement on the project, the authors say:

We typically are never given the chance to see the decision making process that ranks some webpage in the fourth slot for a specific Google Query, and most certainly not when money is to be made in a competitive environment. Personas is meant to expose this black box process as controlled voodoo.

The visualizations don’t have any live links in them, and you can’t copy and paste from it, which gives the impression of a data interpretation process that the user is powerless to control."


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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
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I don't exist either :( Aug 31, 2009

Marie-Hélène Hayles wrote:

I tried mine - it simply said "no traces found..."


I got exactly the same reply.


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Huan Nguyen
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How can I interprete theses colores? Aug 31, 2009

yes, I do exist but I don't understand anything. How do I have to understand what do these colors mean?

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Kemal Mustajbegovic  Identity Verified
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A load of bull... Aug 31, 2009

Wow!!!

It shows that I read news about 2-3% of the time - 65-70% is actual usage. Genealogy 15% - the fact 0%...

I tried my granddaughter's name, yesterday she turned 3, and my son set her computer to access only one site with educational games, kid's art... And I was amazed that she spends a third of a time accessing politics and another third for news.

Give me a break!

I believe, "Parrot", it's a low season for you.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Twenty seven Aug 31, 2009



Twenty seven iterations. The sixth was a quote from my own web site. My confidence in voodoo is restored.


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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As I watched it flcking through its stuff, I noticed that about half of it was about someone else with the same name. So the final result is presumably a mash-up of both of us.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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I don't wonder Aug 31, 2009

Charlie Bavington wrote:

As I watched it flcking through its stuff, I noticed that about half of it was about someone else with the same name. So the final result is presumably a mash-up of both of us.


I ran a journalist friend's name through it. She got mixed up with a lady who died in the 19th century.

I tried "Pepito Perez" but didn't even want to begin with the English version (John Doe).

Doesn't it remind you of machine translation?


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Gabriela Mejías  Identity Verified
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It somewhat scares me! Aug 31, 2009

How come "they" know so much about me?

However...

As I watched it flcking through its stuff, I noticed that about half of it was about someone else with the same name. So the final result is presumably a mash-up of both of us.


Same happened to me. There are many "Gabriela Mejías" out there...


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Think it helps if you have an unusual name Aug 31, 2009

My dad who spent 18-60 as a naval officer came up as 100% "books". But that period was mainly pre public internet. He spent his 'retirement' (post 1993) writing, editing, translating and publishing books on naval themes, so not totally wrong.

What I can't work out is why I get almost 20% "religion" and, more importantly, why my teenage son gets a large chunk of "illegal". Serious discussion at dinner tonight...


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Interesting....but don't believe it! Aug 31, 2009

Parrot,

Hi! I tried my name three times and got three different readings. For the most part, I guess it is pretty accurate as on two of the three I had pretty evenly-spread results (sports, religion, family, internet and books).

On one of them it included "aggression" (um...consider myself to be quite "zen" and not at all aggressive!), but on another it included "accident" instead of "aggression" (I guess that accidents can come of being aggressive?!).

For the most part, I don't think I agree with the results. Didn't work for me!

It was quite entertaining, though. It was good for a good five minute work break!

All the best,

Tonia


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"Who the Internet thinks you are" Sep 1, 2009

i also don't tried myself buddy
but i was found many results and i think it was better for me
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