What do a group of wooden spoons, a latest-installed rain gutter, and a dialysis machine have similar? They’d all appear awesome on your next smartphone cover as per my-handy-model — a bot on Amazon that’s recently going hog wild with algorithmically-generated product models.
First speckled by data artist Russell Jurney (and shared more broadly by technologist Andy Baio), the bot looks like pulling in stock images from some anonymous source and then systematically creating an item page and cost.
The point of supply of the images isn’t sure, but the pictures do come into few repeating lists, containing medical process (“Varicose veins treatment cell phone cover case Samsung S5”), beauty treatments (“Eyebrows tinting treatment with natural henna dye cell phone cover case Samsung S5”), drugs (“Medical Cannabis Marijuana oil ready for use cell phone cover case iPhone5”), and DIY (“Plumber hands fixing water tap with spanner, faucet and tool cell phone cover case iPhone5”).
So, actually enclosing the four major scopes of human benefits then. Here are some more of our favorites:
What actually is going on here is a bit of a secret. (Assume you know? Write us an email or reflect in the comments.) One theory is that my-handy-model is a crooked marketplace bot that was created to make items in return to famous hunt words. But, for few cause, rather than creating handsets covers with Taylor Swift’s face on it or whatever, it jumped into the weird-actually world of stock images. Or, it could be manage by humans who are just masquerading as bots, aka a Horse_ebooks condition.
They may seems tobe fake, but these handset covers can really be purchased. Even though, as per this study they’re horrible variety — badly printed and created out of poor plastic. This, plus the aspect that every classifying states the item is not available or that just one product is available, recommends that whoever’s after the bot is printing every cover to order. Purchase one before the seller thinks they’re currently internet art, and jacks up the costs even high.