Now come socialbots. These automated charlatans […] have quirks, life histories and the gift of gab.
Researchers say this new breed of bots is being designed not just with greater sophistication but also with grander goals: to sway elections, to influence the stock market, to attack governments, even to flirt with people and one another […]
Christian Rudder, a co-founder and general manager of OkCupid, said that when his dating site recently bought and redesigned a smaller site, they witnessed not just a sharp decline in bots, but also a sudden 15 percent drop in use of the new site by real people. This decrease in traffic occurred, he maintains, because the flirtatious messages and automated “likes” that bots had been posting to members’ pages had imbued the former site with a false sense of intimacy and activity. “Love was in the air,” Mr. Rudder said. “Robot love.”
Mr. Rudder added that his programmers are seeking to design their own bots that will flirt with invader bots, courting them into a special room, “a purgatory of sorts,” to talk to one another rather than fooling the humans […]
But the bots are likely to venture into ours, said Tim Hwang, chief scientist at the Pacific Social Architecting Corporation, which creates bots and technologies that can shape social behavior. “Our vision is that in the near future automatons will eventually be able to rally crowds, open up bank accounts, write letters,” he said, “all through human surrogates.”"
this is really fascinating.
oh god i just got a craving for listening to regina spektor. is this college or something?
in complete summer mode
Well, I got tired enough of working from home and sad enough about everyone moving away from Stockholm when the curatorial masters is over that I’m starting a collective/organization for curators/art workers based in Stockholm. Our aim is to make exhibitions, be a sounding board for ideas, act as a shared library for both reading material and equipment, and to provide a support system for all young curators who want to take part. Found a great office space for SUPER cheap and now it’s just a matter of signing the contract, finding some furniture to fill our sunny 40 sq.m. room on gorgeous Birger Jarlsgatan and plan the moving-in party!
Sitting right now at a cafe getting all the paperwork together and as you can see my hair is being super spastic, looping all over the place.
I’m glad to soon say goodbye to expensive cafe lattes and have a real office to call home, not to mention all the exciting projects to come!
"What? A sculpture was damaged in transit? Let’s just say it’s supposed to look like that, that it’s about impermanence or fragility or some shit. Are you writing this down?"
"So you’d define your practice as operating in the intersection of …?" ZZZZ… So mentally checked out right now, art vocab on autopilot."
“It’s only 8pm on a Thursday. How many plastic thimbles of white wine have I had?”
"Yes I suppose I see how skateboarding around in the gallery for 6 weeks could be called relational aesthetics. What kind of budget are we talking here?"
Lots of new pins up on Curator Attire.