Algotypes is an intervention in the 2.4GHz WiFi band, inspired by the more esoteric sides of science that have been used to explain invisible phenomena.
Unlike æther or orgone, and despite pop-culture imagery associated with The Cloud, WiFi has a very material and tangible provenance. From minerals and metals to its radiant energy, there’s a very blunt aspect of this entanglement of culture and infrastructure that is physical and extends into surrounding bodies.
Here, the pyramid sculptures are equipped with WiFi transceivers and programmed to react to the signals floating around them. They capture packets of data from nearby routers and phones, which are then manipulated using classical computer science algorithms before being retransmitted on their own network.
Other than network names and some management packets, the pyramids can’t decode and deduce human meaning from this binary data, nor modify or block any communication. They only create their own interpretation of the raw bytes of information flying around. This would be the equivalent of cutting up copies of a book written in an unknown language and reorganizing the letters and words using different procedures.
Screens display information about the nearby WiFi networks showing network names and channels, as well as a visualization of the packets being read and transmitted by the pyramids.
0x00. Pseudo-Random Number Generator (using RC4)
0x01. Fast Fourier Transform
0x02. PageRank (using eigenvalue power iteration)
0x03. Reaction-Diffusion Simulation
0x04. Chess Move Calculation (using Alpha-beta pruning)
0x06. GCD (using Euclid’s Algorithm)
0x07. Maze Generation and Traversal
0x08. Tree Balancing (using Splay Trees)
0x0A. Perlin Noise
0x0B. Travelling Salesperson (using simulated annealing)
0x0C. Dimensionality Reduction (using Hilbert curve)
0x0D. Garbage Collection (using mark & sweep)
0x0E. Diffie-Hellma Key Exchange
0x0F. JPEG Compression
0x10. Blockchain Proof-of-Work
0x11. Sine and Cosine (using CORDIC)
0x12. Viterbi Encoding
0x13. Primality Test
0x14. Convex Hull (using Monotone Chains)
0x15. PID Control