World's first "Algorithm Auction"

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Ruse Laboratories and the website Artsy are hosting the world's first "Algorithm Auction," where you can bid on influential pieces of code like CSAIL researcher Hal Abelson's "Turtle Geometry."

From Wired:

Code is far from a utilitarian means to an end. Like painting or sculpting, it’s a medium with which you can create something. And as such, code can take many forms; beautiful or ugly, elegant or clunky.

Technologists have long known this, and they’ve taken to describing algorithms in the way critics might describe art, employing adjectives like ornate, inspired and graceful. But for the average person, the algorithm is a workhorse, an invisible force that might enable beautiful things to happen, but is not itself beautiful.

“Code can be judged on its aesthetic merits, not just practical merits,” says Fernando Cwilich Gil, an artist and one half of Ruse Laboratories. Gil, along with his partner Benjamin Gleitzman, are the organizers of the Algorithm Auction, a benefit for The Cooper Hewitt that focuses on highlighting the “aesthetics” of computer code. The Ruse team partnered with Artsy to curate seven of what they believe to be the most impactful and elegant algorithms ever created. The algorithmic lots are currently being auctioned off online at Artsy, much like a painting or historically significant piece of furniture might be at Sotheby’s.

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