Two U.K. artists replaced every word in a dictionary with the first Google image that popped up for each word.
Credits: QMI AGENCY
Two UK artist/geeks ran some computer code and replaced all 21,000 words in an average dictionary with the first Google image that pops up for each word.
The result is a 1,240-page tome of the best and worst of Google's image search algorithm, laid out in colourful columns, in alphabetical order -- starting with a picture of an aardvark. The thumb-indexed pages are bound in a swirl-patterned hardcover.
"If the Internet goes off, you made need this reference book Felix and I made," artist Ben West says on his website.
"It's really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012," West told creativeapplications.com. "I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons."
West and co-artist Felix Heyes hope to print a small number of the books for sale. Anyone interested in signing up can visit their websites at bewe.me and felixheyes.com.