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Confession

Experiment 3 - Private communication



The new environment makes it necessery to redefine what is private. In a last experiment a Reverent was asked to take a confession by using the new tool. The Reverend was watching the confessors thoughts while typing in his own. I was looking to see what happens to tasks like listening, which requiers the reverend full attention to translate the others inner thoughts, and how much influance this kind of conffesion will have on the reverend itself?

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Results:


The results were quite surprising. In an approximately 45 minutes confession, the Reverend started his first minutes referring to the confessor writings and shortly after, declined in his own private world - the Reverend became a confessor by himself. The overlapping themes, points where the reverend was clearly influenced by the confessor writings, were very few and occurred only when he finished dealing thoroughly with each subject.




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"Thoughts You May Have" is part of "The Future of Writing" research commisioned by "Microsoft Research Labs" in Cambridge from the Design Interaction Department at the Royal Colege of Art. The research directed towards narrative creation and authorship, new tools for authoring, and the relations between public and private authorship.

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