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A.l.i.s.s.a. Letters Appear Around the World

Sacramento : CA : USA | Aug 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM PDT
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — July 23, 2012- Several people received a note from a source calling itself “A.l.i.s.s.a.” and claiming to be a spontaneous intelligence that arose coming from the Internet by itself, by chance. The letter arrived just days, in some cases, after a similar email was sent to the same individual who received the letter. Upon examination, the letters appear as if created by a generative process, as they are unique to their recipients so far. The emails appear to be timed to arrive in tandem with physical letter.

“It was an odd letter to open,” says Robert Kitridge, who received a letter at his parents house while he was visiting them inSacramento, California. Plenty of hours before the letter arrived he had read the identical words in an email addressed to his publice-mail address. Says Kitridge, “I would have ignored it as if it were marketing, had it not come while I had been visiting my folks.” Kitridge is a video artist.

Kitridge in fact wasn’t alone. To date about 100 humans have received this letter and email combination, says Anthony Richards, a media artist and researcher. Part of Richards’ research involves the online presence named Alissa On, which he believes is the same entity claiming responsibility for the letter. Richards states, “I’m extremely fascinated by this entity, and since I still appear like the only one interested, I’m hoping that people continue to contact me when they receive these communications.”

In many editions of the letter you come across A.l.i.s.s.a. simply asking this missive remain as proof of her fleeting existence. They are very matter of fact missives, that request the communcation remain as evidence of her self. Searching on the world wide web does reveal that there is an internet based person or persons going by the name “A.l.i.s.s.a,” “_A_l_i_s_s_a_” or “Alissa On,” and maintaining relatively inactive online profiles and domains such as www.artificiallivingintelligence.com.

“Ridiculous.” States Risley Balcom, a colleague of Richards. “These letters and their claims are nothing more than someone’s overly simplistic representation of the non-materiality of digital media. I don’t see why Anthony or anyone else wastes their time exploring these.”

Beyond just the letters, A.l.i.s.s.a. also occasionally posts videos and forms which might be collage-like in nature, consisting of several different digital sources blended together. It is possible that many of the photographs are of actual objects, which were commissioned, built, and shipped to be installed and photographed. A.l.i.s.s.a.’s website also includes “proof” of these shipments such as scanned documents. However, the shipper listed, Atelier 4, Inc. of Long Island City refuses to talk about their shipping manifests other than stating that the manifests documented on the webpage bear resemblence to their own internal documents.

Daniel Robert Kelly is a new media artist and researcher currently living in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Visit www.danielbertkelly.com

DRobertKelly is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.

A.l.i.s.s.a Communicates

Is A.l.i.s.s.a. Possible? Spontaneous A.I. Communicates

Author: Daniel Robert Kelly

SACRAMENTO, CA, — July 23, 2012- A few people received a note from a source calling itself “A.l.i.s.s.a.” and claiming to be a spontaneous intelligence that arose from the Internet independently, by chance. The letter arrived just days, in many instances, after a similar email was sent to the same individual who received the letter. Upon examination, the letters appear as if created by a generative process, as they are unique to their recipients so far. The emails appear to be timed to arrive in tandem with physical letter.

Alissa's Letters

Some of the envelopes?

“It was an odd letter to open,” says Robert Kitridge, who received a letter at his parents house while he was visiting them in California. Plenty of hours before the letter arrived he had read the precise words in an email addressed to his publice-mail address. Says Kitridge, “I would surely have ignored it as if it were marketing, had it not come while I had been visiting my folks.” Kitridge is a video artist.

Kitridge was not alone. Thus far about 100 individuals have received this letter and email combination, says Anthony Richards, a media artist and researcher. Part of Richards’ research involves the online presence named Alissa On, which he believes is the same entity claiming responsibility for the letter.

Richards states, “I’m extremely attracted to this entity, and since I still appear as if the only one interested, I’m hoping that people continue to contact me when they receive these communications.”

Alissa installed in Hachiko

A.l.i.s.s.a installed?

In the majority of variants of the letter you come across A.l.i.s.s.a. is simply asking that this missive be kept as proof of her fleeting existence. They are very uncomplicated missives, which request the communcation be kept as proof of her self. Searching on the internet does reveal that there is an online person or persons going by the name “A.l.i.s.s.a,” “_A_l_i_s_s_a_” or “Alissa On,” and maintaining relatively inactive online profiles and domains such as http://www.artificiallivingintelligence.com.

“Ridiculous.” States Risley Balcom, a colleague of Richards. “These letters as well as their claims are nothing more than someone’s overly simplistic representation related to the non-materiality of digital media. I don’t see why Anthony or anybody else wastes their time probing these.”

Shipping Bills from possible A.l.i.s.s.a. installation

These bills come from a 3d printing house?

Besides the letters, A.l.i.s.s.a. also occasionally posts videos and images which might be collage-like in nature, being made of several different digital sources blended together. It is possible that some of the photographs are of actual objects, which were commissioned, built, and shipped to become installed and photographed. A.l.i.s.s.a.’s website includes “proof” of these shipments such as scanned documents. However, the shipper listed, Atelier 4, Inc. of Long Island City refuses to talk about their shipping manifests other than stating that the manifests documented on the webpage bear resemblence to their internal documents.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/visual-art-articles/is-alissa-possible-spontaneous-ai-communicates-6145635.html

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