Sentient Sky

August 2018

Tengchao Zhou was the sole author of this work

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Sentient Sky provides players an innovative way to explore WordNet, a lexicon database, in a 3D virtual environment. It enables players to "chat" with a computer in a limited but meaningful manner.

For example, if you are curious about what pterocnemia means, you can drag the 3D cursor to the sphere under pterocnemia, and the computer will tell you its definition through text-to-speech.

See it live! Here are some words to start with: pterocnemia | calling | purpose | love. Or you can start with a random word.

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NOTE! If you use Google Chrome, you can talk to the computer with your voice as Google Chrome supports the Web Speech API. However, if you use other browsers, you can still interact with the program through dragging the 3D cursor.

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I was wondering if I could create an artwork that I can interact with when I have no company. It needs to respond to me emotionally. As weird as it might sound, reading the definition of words actually cheers you up!

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Sentient Sky has a mobile version you can play with while lying on your back. I invite you to give it a try!

Experience it on your phone while lying on your back! Here are some words to start with: pterocnemia | calling | purpose | love. Or you can start with a random word.