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date: 26 May 2019

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This essay outlines the use of the mathematical machinery used to program automated systems as a way to describe a form of structured improvisation. Examples of such automated systems range from simple devices like a remote control to complex automation governing the status of a high-security building. The essay points out the connection of the mathematics governing these systems to the movements induced in users of such automated systems and will delve into how such objects describe a whole class of possible movement sequences, or choices, in a given structured improvisation. In a world where such programmed devices are ubiquitous, this type of exploration from the arts is essential in understanding how these devices are changing our lives.

Keywords: structured improvisation, robotics, technology, discrete movement, automata

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