It gets better. There are whole species of other bots that infest the Amazon Marketplace, pretending to have used copies of books, fighting epic price wars no one ever sees. So with “Turing Test” we have a delightful futuristic absurdity: a computer program, pretending to be human, hawking a book about computers pretending to be human, while other computer programs pretend to have used copies of it. A book that was never actually written, much less printed and read.
author of Lauren Ipsum, Carlos Bueno, talks about how his Print On Demand book has been engaged in weird pricing speculation on Amazon.com. It is a kind of slow motion arbitrage by autonomous bots. This may be related to high speed trading on the stock exchange, only slowed down enough to be perceivable by humans who still can’t make sense of it. Hat tip to José Zagal for the link, and to Lindsay Grace whose exhibition catalog, Blank Arcade 2014, has now also been so engaged.
African sci-fi features all manner of weird and outlandish things, from crime-fighting robots to technological dystopias. But could they be closer to predicting the future than they realise?
“I couldn’t really explain it,” he says. “It made me realize that I really wanted to make things, something you can hold in your hand, something that lasts longer than a digital product. I wanted to give something to my children."
From this desire, Petrikas started smart toy company Vai Kai with Justyna Zubrycka, an industrial designer who once worked in a wooden toy factory. Together,they arrived at Avakai, a traditonally crafted wooden doll in the style of Russian Matryoshka dolls, but with Bluetooth enabled tech that allows it to respond to touches and communicate with other dolls.</blockquote>
It is a sorry state of affairs when the gaming industry, for decades, has produced only a very specific kind of entertainment, and that has resulted in an audience that is now culturally illiterate, has appalling attitudes towards social issues and considers art guilty until proven innocent.
Mathematics are very little understood by the way it is taught in schools. Most of us are made phobics of mathematics in high school, by the ridiculous way it is taught. All you’re thinking about throughout the semester is ‘is this going to be on the test?’ whereas what you should be thinking is “what becomings do numbers make possible?”