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Markov chains have been used extensively in recent Twitter bots, but entered mainstream hacker culture when Hugh Kenner famously published “A Travesty Engine for Micros” in Byte in its November 1984 issue, and have been available online since the mid 1990s. The output of Markov chain generators is generally legible, understandable, plausible language, but because it has no way of discerning the conceptual frames of its word choices, it results in odd and funny non sequiturs. “What Would I Say?” produces lines in an unexpected e-poem that, despite its logical oddities, carries an echo of your voice.
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