The Policeman's Beard Is Half Constructed

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January 25, 2016

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Alban Leveau-Vallier, « The Policeman's Beard Is Half Constructed », Hyperthese, ID : 10670/1.e5vox4


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The Policeman's Beard Is Half Constructed is a novel wrote in 1983 by Racter, a computer program made by William Chamberlain and Thomas Etter. "Wrote" might be an exaggerated word as the text wasn't generated but computed using templating. MobyGames reviewed its code: "Racter strings together words according to "syntax directives", and the illusion of coherence is increased by repeated re-use of text variables. This gives the appearance that Racter can actually have a conversation with the us...

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