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Webdriver Torso


General

Filing Number: 35 - Webdriver Torso
Author(s): Google
Date Added: 2014-06-18
Created:
Digital?: ✓
Physical?:
Location:
URL: https://www.you...JfkTEHH0b9PmRkl
Lost & Found:
Tags: Google; Youtube; video; Test pattern; digital video; glitch
Loaned:

Description

Webdriver Torso is a test user on Youtube, run by Google algorithms, to test upload compression and other technical aspects of Youtube. The user posts 11 second videos every five minutes or so, comprised of red and blue rectangles, and auto generated tone sequences. The technical specifics of the videos are unknown, but until Google owned up to creating them, many conspiracy theories abounded about their origin and meaning.

In the summer of 2014, Webdriver Torso was the "Algorithm in Residence" at Weird Shift Storefront.

Archive Notes

10 randomly downloaded Webdriver Torso video clips are in the digital archives.