The volume of third party browser tracking on the internet has reached an absurd level, but many users are completely unaware of the number of entities recording, analyzing and selling their behavior online. “The Infestation of Web Trackers” is a Firefox browser extension which seeks to bring attention to this increasingly concerning activity. When installed and activated, as soon as a user visits a new website, a yellow mold grows across their screen, the size of which is determined by the number of trackers on that particular page. As the user continues to visit new sites the number of molds grow, quickly making the browser nearly unusable.
For the final project in my ITP class called Intro to Computational Media I created this digital tool which algorithmically generates silly science fiction movie titles and premises. The concept grew out of my combined appreciation for the retro future design of science fiction anime and the comedy of slightly-off algorithmic text generation. Using p5.js as the main programming language, I experimented with training my own LSTM machine learning model before settling on the use of a Markov Chain program to achieve the perfect balance of goofy surrealism.
This project was an experiment in API powered data visualization, making use of the MTA Lost and Found database. Each blob is drawn to a size corresponding with a specific category in the dataset and generated using a random walker that creates the overall appearance of an organic pixelized map.