Internet 2006

Presentation on a laptop computer

see http://www.literatronic.com

Adaptivity is achieved by an algorithm that makes an approximation to a Hamiltonian
cycle in a weighted graph with weights that vary in time according to a coupled
set of ODE's. The solution of a multi-terminal network flow on such graph solves
the optimization problem of minimizing hypertextual attraction (a measure of
narrative continuity) and hypertextual friction (a measure of the risk of loosing
readers' attention).

Juan B. Gutierrez

4th-year Graduate Student, Department of Mathematics, Florida State University

Statement about my art:

"The use of digital media for literary production has lead to the appearance
of a new element that did not exist in printed narrative: the computer as a
"media that acts on the message". The concept of book is replaced by that of
information system, in which the 'book' is adapted to every reader based on
his/her interaction, leading every time to a potentially unique read. Adaptive
books cannot be reproduced on paper except, perhaps, as a reading path at a
given moment. Literatronic means "letter that cannot be without digital media".