…is a designer working at the intersection between technology and culture. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, he went on to study graphic design at UCA and product design at the RCA. He is currently employed by the Goldsmiths Interaction Research Studio. He is perhaps best know for his work creating software tools to manipulate physical objects by utilising 3D scanning and printing processes; this explicates his wider interest in the roles that authorship, copyright and artistic production play in a digital age.
An internet bot is a software application that performs simple monotonous tasks, far too mundane for a human operative, in huge volumes. The most common use for bots is web spidering, the act of indexing the content of websites so that they can be categorised, sorted and searched. They can also be used for less abstract purposes, such as automatically placing higher bids on auction sites, or (poorly) emulating human interaction by posting the same message repeatedly in a chat application. There are also many malicious bots, with the most commonly encountered being the pernicious spambot, which harvests email addresses in order to fill your inbox with lewd advertisements and questionable medical treatments.