Famous Machine

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The process by which one's network of technosocial engagements and identity produces work or material that becomes well-known in a network. Also, a machine set in motion for producing notoriety and fame.

Analog World

"The Recognition Amplifier (Famous Machine)[1]. A machine capable of increasing the fame of of a human being placed inside it. Research abandoned due to physical danger"[2].

Digital World

Behind every famous machine is a switching machine. More efficient machines get others to switch for them. Is a switching machine equal to a famous machine?

Paige Saez says, "Google this sentence: Like the artist, the networked self is an aggregator of information flows, a collection of links to others, a switching machine...it's a lovely rabbit hole".

Related Reading


  1. http://www.substitutematerials.com/automatedfame/automatedfame.html Recognition Amplifier
  2. http://eyebeam.org/projects/the-recognition-amplifier-famous-machine