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Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Software |

Create campaign to decrypt poem by William Gibson

Create campaign to decrypt poem by William Gibson

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One of the most unusual works of William Gibson, the father of cyberpunk, must be Agrippa (a book of the dead) , a digital work that consisted of a semi-autobiographical poem in an encrypted disk to be erased immediately after being read .

The work was launched in 1992, and although the text as such is already crowded (even the author has published on its website ), the code that protects it to be reproduced more than once has not been broken.

A group of created the web site Cracking the Code Agrippa for anyone to try to reverse or break the code, providing the tools to work with a very special prize for those who achieve: The Complete Works of William Gibson, Agrippa except (a book of the dead).

The creators of the competition indicate that the text is already known, cryptanalysis only seeks to satisfy academic curiosity and desire to entertain, so those running for the award must be made aware of all the technical details under Creative Commons.

While cracking the code would break the original purpose of the work: to create a unique experience that highlights the fragile nature of memories, william gibson is already aware of the project according to twitter, @GreatDismal.

Link: New contest Hopes to crack the code around William Gibson’s poem ‘Agrippa’ (The Verge)

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