What did the random shopper bot buy on the dark net?

Tell me about your art project to use a bot to randomly shop on the dark net.
The Random Darknet Shopper is a bot programmed to shop in the deep web or dark net once a week, with a maximum budget of $100 in Bitcoins.

What exactly are the deep web and dark net?
The deep web is part of the internet comprised of all the web pages that aren’t indexed by search engines, such as intranets. It’s actually larger than the “surface web” that most people are used to. Part of the deep web is encrypted and accessed through TOR browsers to hide where you come from. This is called the dark net.

What has your bot bought from the dark net?
Most items there have dubious legal status. Last year when we tried it we got a set of master keys used by fire fighters, cigarettes, fake jeans and trainers, some ebooks, a credit card, a scan of a passport and some ecstasy. That was the first time a bot had bought drugs. It raises the question of who is responsible for a bot’s actions.

What has your shopper bot bought since you set it off again this month?
Some firecrackers, a fake Lacoste shirt and two USB devices to mine bitcoins. It chose these items randomly, but it did seem like the bot was saying: “OK you’re not giving me enough money to spend”.

How do you feel as you open up the unknown parcels delivered from the dark net?
It’s always exciting, but it’s also scary to run the bot …

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