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You are an AI and I teach you about pain

By Rena Su

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Artist's Note

This is an html-based poem originally created via Twine. I wanted to incorporate the stereotypical appearance of archaic code (complete with its neon green and courier-new glory) and juxtapose it with contemporary ideas of artificial intelligence and its implications on consciousness. Near the end, try pressing the 'so bleed on' link a couple of times. Enjoy!
Rena Su is a writer from Vancouver, Canada, and the author of the chapbook Preparing Dinosaurs for Mass Extinction (ZED Press, Jun 2021). Her work has been recognized by Simon Fraser University, the City of Surrey, and the Pulitzer Center. You can find her on Twitter @RenaSuWrites