Mac Virus with Gravitas

by Andy Polaine on March 5, 2008

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Troika, the folks behind the cloud sculpture at Heathrow, have created a virus on a USB stick, called the Newton Virus (for manual infection) that makes your desktop fall to pieces. It also uses the tilt sensors in the Macbooks for some gravity fun so you can shake the pieces around.

The piece isn’t design to be malicious. It harks back to the golden days when viruses were there to amuse rather than to destroy:

The virus will then hit at random, but only once. It will not replicate itself, mail itself to your friends or destroy any of your files, but instead provides you with moments of blissful surprise and magic.

See the video on Gizmodo.

I’m going to visit Troika this week to do a podcast for Core77. I’ll see if I can get infected.

(Via NOTCOT).

[tags]Troika, virus, macbook, play, playful[/tags]

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1 Andrew Knott March 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

Calling it a ‘Virus’ is not really correct. It’s just a bit of software.

The key characteristic of a ‘Virus’ is that it has to be able to self-propagate…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

2 Andy Polaine March 10, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Actually it’s still at the concept stage too as I saw when I was there. It’s still a nice idea though.

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