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This collection is dedicated to documenting the practice of bot-mimicry - i.e. the humans mimicking (ro)bots mimicking humans. An important characteristic of bot-mimicry is that the mimicry happens in a medium that is currently inhabited by automated agents, such as text or speech; the performance of bot-mimicry takes place in media where we habitually encounter (ro)bots, such as chatterbots or automated voice assistants. This means that the practice of bot-mimicry is materially consistent with contemporary proceedings of automated software. Bot-mimicry is also connected to the current global labor market, specifically services such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, where humans are employed to produce simple outputs in a way that overlaps with our current expectations to computational machinery. On the margins of bot-mimicry, we find collaborative projects where humans edit or modify output from computers in a way that is ambiguous as to which entity contributed with what in the final outcome. Even though it is distinct herefrom, bot-mimicry is closely connected to other performative practices happening in-between humans and computers, such as the portrayal of robots in sci-fi cinema. Bot-mimicry has a history that goes back at least to 1984 with the book The Policeman's Beard is Half-Constructed, which is an early case where human performance was understood as the output from a computational program. Today the practice of bot-mimicry is blossoming, since the practice emerges as a quotidian and situated way of reckoning with and rethinking the current status of automated software in our everyday lives.


Name Residencysort descending
Rob Wittig
Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
Mark C. Marino
Los Angeles , CA
United States
California US
Ian Hatcher
New York
United States
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