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Smile, you’re in a museum

You already knew your online chat was public, but a new exhibit at London’s Science Museum takes it one step further. Listening Post, developed by artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, samples live chatrooms and bulletin boards and reads snippets of people’s posts in a symphony of computer-generated speech. At the same time, text is shown on 200 screens and there’s a backing soundtrack.

The artists say the idea for the project came from a simple question – what would 100,000 people chatting online sound like? It’s a fascinating idea, and the installation will be at the Science Museum in Kensington until February next year so there’s plenty of time to catch it.

(Image: from thesciencemuseum.org.uk)

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