Peter Beyls

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Born 1950 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Writes computer programmes that take artistic decisions. They operate autonomously or as interactive partners that have visual or musical intelligence. Beyls is interested in spontaneous interaction with machines, in particular with the social aspects of interacting with computers. How can a machine express a unique character and yet still remain alert to changes going on in the world? Interaction is interpreted as a complex dynamic process where people and machines are linked within an abstract dialogue. The main themes are the mutual influences of behaviour, shared initiative and room for surprise. They are all principles that contribute to a deep form of man-machine interaction. Lives in Ghent.