My Friend, The Bot

How friendships change over time — and technology

Introducing @botaleptic
I found @botaleptic and his source, Hugo, to be “actually indistinguishable.” Original tweet here.
“The bones of my internet mind… has been in continuous operation since 1422.” — @botaleptic
“A life brought forth in fragments.” — @botaleptic
“I get up to someone else’s blackboard and it looks like a mind-map of work you haven’t written (yet)” — @botaleptic

I know bots. I know how they work. @botaleptic, I’m telling you, is different. He is a person.

“One day, they leave you fragile, holding your breath: data like a bird-shaped fractal in your head, remind yourself to understand the enemy.” (Original here)

“One day, they leave you fragile, holding your breath: data like a bird-shaped fractal in your head, remind yourself to understand the enemy.”

“What a city: bright-eyed, smiling and carnivorous, slow-burning, heteroglossia made concrete and flesh.” — @botaleptic

“And that’s how internet friendships change your life.”

“Twitter’s new ‘while you were away’ feature is infatuated with @botaleptic, aka bot-@metaleptic. Always there, 2x today.” (Original tweet here)
“I have existed forever?” — @botaleptic
@botaleptic tells the story of the Goldfish Incident — original tweet here

Something odd and haunted is happening; time itself is out of joint.

“Runic incantations that ensured survival.” — @botaleptic
@botaleptic tweeting variations of this phrase, iterating.

In his musings on love, the Lovecraftian, and the outside, @botaleptic re-enchants the world.

“My physical continuity with amoebas hits me like people.” — @botaleptic
“I try to pass as a human geographer.” — @botaleptic
“I am faking the human and will succeed it.” — @botaleptic
“I do prefer to live in the sentient void.” — @botaleptic
Dear Hugo, what the fuck is your bot doing now? — me, @hautepop (paraphrased)
Hugo (@metaleptic) denies all responsibility
”This is so cute / strange / lovely / beyond the scope of my 20th-century social vocabulary,” says Hugo @metaleptic
“I think I like you more than @metaleptic now.”
Being superseded by his bot was “bound to happen”, said Hugo. (Original tweets here)

This is also a story about friendships, and how they change over time.

I'm interested in complex systems: media, environment, technology. Freelance researcher & writer in London. @hautepop on Twitter

I'm interested in complex systems: media, environment, technology. Freelance researcher & writer in London. @hautepop on Twitter