A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter: Is This How Artificial Intelligence Begins?

Very weird. I agree with the author of this article, does sound like it came from the mind of William S. Burroughs. Scott Timberg writes on io9.com

Evil CubeA devious device looking suspiciously like the pain box from Dune — or a minimalist sculpture from the ’60s — is now selling on eBay. In fact, that’s all it does. This robot sells itself on eBay every week.

Called “A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009),” by the artist Caleb Larsen, the imposing cube has a mind of its own, literally:

Hooked up to the internet, it will put itself up for sale every seven days. Right now — the auction lasts until Thursday — you can land it for just north of four grand. But a week later, the cube will offer itself up for sale again.

It seems to be for real: That is, this thing comes with a legal contract binding the collector to facilitating the sale, and apparently this robot artwork is supposed to change hands every week — forever. Is the how AI begins? With a self-selling bot?

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  • gigi

    This is not AI. It's just a stupid machine programmed to sell itself. Where is the AI there? This decision it's not the machine choice, the programm tells it what to do. This is not the definition of an AI. It does not use deduction, reasoning and does not solve problems.

    • Mok

      i agree, this may not be the beginnings of AI.
      but, it sure does sound like the beginnings of a politician.

  • http://drewt333.blogspot.com/ drewt333

    Sounds like daily life to me.

  • Reuben

    I unplug your ethernet. Pwned.

  • Mok

    i agree, this may not be the beginnings of AI.
    but, it sure does sound like the beginnings of a politician.

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