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Kate Compton is an inventor, artist, zine-maker, accidental programming language maker, and now also a Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University's Computer Science department. Her mission is to bring AI to people that AI doesn't deserve by making accessible and open tools for unusual groups of users. Her biggest programming language contribution was creating Tracery, a text-generation language that has since become a favorite of Twitterbot-makers and novice programmers, as well as a great range of poets, musicians, kids, and weirdos looking to play with creative computing. She made the first version of Tracery in a week, and has spent the last seven years figuring out how to make a sequel.