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The Computer Changes Everything: Even Writing

Cory Doctorow has a great entry on creativity over at Boing Boing. I'm not a frequent reader of that blog, but when rock'n'roll is blaring in my headset, it's hard to read serious stuff...

Link: Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things.

How computers change writing
Steven Johnson (author of the fantastic Mind Wide Open and other books) has written a fascinating essay about his new creative process, which involves a suite of tools that store his notes and works in unstructured databases, and tease out and suggest subtly connected ideas, so that as he writes, his computer jams with him, suggesting neat tangents to his subjects. It's a great example of good computer-human interaction, where computers are used to programatically count and compare quantifiable elements (word and phrase frequencies) and human beings are used to pass judgement on the output of the computers. People are good at understanding and crap at counting; computers are just the reverse.

Visit the original entry for more great links.