Digital Poetics, Machine Intelligence and the Everyday


  • Devin Heckman Winona State University


Generative text, AI, Poetics, Twitter, Meta


This paper was originally envisioned as a rather generic talk about generative text, poetics, and AI. But as I witness the difficulties faced by Twitter and Meta and ponder the very real cultural problems of North American culture, I feel like my time would be better spent discussing the problems with “development” as a paradigm for understanding digital futures and opening the door to discussing alternate futures as they may arise in an African context. Many global powers have financial and strategic interests in Africa, but their humanitarian interests should be regarded with scepticism. On the other hand, as the US, Europe, China, and Russia increasingly see themselves drawn into economic and political crises, African nations have many opportunities. In place of autonomous machines engineered in the so-called “developed” nations, African autonomy has the potential to play a significant role in the development of global culture in the 21st century.



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How to Cite

Heckman, D. (2023). Digital Poetics, Machine Intelligence and the Everyday. Multilingual African Digital Semiotics and E-Lit Journal (MADSEJ), 1(1), 51–55. Retrieved from