Burn Before Reading

The Oracle of Mr. Fox

Burn Before Reading is an AI-generated crypto-fortune cookie.

Only 10,000 free fortune cookies will be generated with a poetic fortune hidden inside.

Mr. Fox challenges collectors to make a choice between fortune and value.

Open your cookie and Mr. Fox will reveal your poetic fortune, but its trade value is destroyed forever.

Keep it closed and these crypto-fortune cookies can be traded just like any crypto-currency, with speculative value of the currency increasing as fewer and fewer unopened cookies remain.

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Who is Mr. Fox

Like a traditional fortune cookie, we may never know the true identity of its author. It may be one individual, a whole factory of writers, or possibly even something inhuman. As an AI-generated voice, the identity of Mr. Fox is emergent - a future - arcing from one blackhole to another as a brief flash of combustion and light.

Invisible, whispering through a temporal firewall, gazing back at us across the uncanny valley and challenging our assumptions: What is artificial? What is intelligible? Where is language occurring - in the author or in the reader? And if we are the network, then we might ask of ourselves: Where is the body in this noir?

Mr. Fox circumvents the Turing Test entirely by holding up a black mirror. The question then is not whether she might pass a test, but whether we might fail one. The problem with cracking the code is that the answer is in code.

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