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In his 1998 book "Bots – the origin of a new species" Andrew Leonard described bots – strings of code programmed to do certain tasks autonomously in a software environment – as the first "indigenous inhabitants" of cyberspace. With this, he was the first to turn attention to the new phenomenon, as Marie Lechner opens her dialogue, and to describe the internet as a new kind of ecosystem. Today, more than 50 percent of the content in the internet is produced by bots like Google translator or the Wikipedia search engine. They have become the shadow army of the internet, a new lifeform that evolves quickly and more and more independently in an only seemingly fully man-made (and -controlled) space. Lechner demonstrates by many examples ranging from dating sites to surveillance software how internet users permanently interact with bots and how they frequently face situations in which they'd have to ask themselves whether they communicate with a machine or a human being.

expert

  • Marie Lechner

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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