‘The Persistence of Chaos’ is a piece of art up for sale for over $1 million. But the scary reality is that this laptop contains six of the world’s most dangerous viruses.
Created by Internet artist Guo O Dong, “The Persistence of Chaos” may well be the most actively dangerous piece of art you will come across. While it looks like an ordinary laptop, it is filled with six of the most dangerous computer viruses. And now, it is for sale.
Now, to be honest, it is perfectly safe, as long as you never connect the laptop to the Internet or plug in a USB drive.
Speaking to The Verge, Guo O Dong explained that the intention behind his work was to make physical the abstract threats posed by the digital world.
“We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can’t actually affect us, but this is absurd. Weaponized viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm.”
For this piece, Guo used a 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB and selected the six viruses based solely on the mgnitude of economic damage they have caused. Famous names include the ILOVEYOU virus and WannaCry.
Now is it only me, or the thought of putting this up for sale really scary?
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