“Conversnitch” (2013-2014) by Kyle McDonald and Brian House

Conversnitch is a covert, eavesdropping machine in the form of a lamp made by Kyle McDonald and Brian House. The seemingly harmless device records snippets of overheard conversations, translating the speech through Amazon Mechanical Turk, and then uploading that information to a twitter account @Conversnitch. McDonald and House placed their contraption in hidden locations throughout cities in order to capture a wide range of conversations.

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