Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Russian Bookselling Bots

A funny if unsettling tale from Carlos Bueno who explains to us the shenanigans of  “...bots that infest the Amazon Marketplace, pretending to have used copies of books, fighting epic price wars no one ever sees.” The whole thing is worth reading, if only for the story about “...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.”

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