Apr 24, 2015 12:16PM

Darknet Shopping Robot Released From Custody, Viva La Darknet Robot

Free bot.

In January, the Swiss police arrested a robot after it purchased 10 ecstasy pills as part of an art project undertaken by !Mediengruppe Bitnik and, yesterday, the robot was finally released back into society.

The bot was designed by a group of Swiss artists to shop the darknet at random and has been recognised by the St Gallen police department as #art, which shows just how chill Swiss government agencies are along with the lack of accountability there is for activities that take place in the darkent. It also shows that a non-human entity can be deemed responsible for illegal activity.

The items purchased by random darknet shopper were displayed last year in an exhibition called The Darknet — From Memes to Onionland, which provided an insight into the online black market full of tech savvy individuals and 90s graphics.

"Once a week the bot goes on a shopping spree in the deep web where it randomly chooses and purchases one item and has it mailed to us," as explained on the collective's website.

Purchases included:

Fake Diesel jeans

A Sprite bottle

A baseball cap with a hidden camera

A decoy bank letter that the robot then used to test that items would be delivered to the correct address

and Pingers

It also bought Nike Yeezys, a fire brigade's master keys, a fake Louis Vuitton bag and a bunch of other stuff that would be quite useful for one of the more sketchy individuals amongst us. The Swiss police confiscated the pingers but have returned the bot and all other purchases to its creators.

Photos: !Mediengruppe Bitnik

Lucy Jones