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Sean Scanlan

Computer Suicide Machine is a computer suicide app based on the euthanasia machine from the book Death’s End, the third book in the trilogy that starts with The Three Body Problem.

The machine presents you with the same question five times (where X is a random number between 1 and 5): Do you wish to terminate your life? For YES, select X. For NO select 0. If you answer YES to all five questions the application deletes your /usr directory.

With this project I wanted to ask questions about our digital selves and the distinction between our data and ourselves. What does “suicide” mean in the context of the permanent destruction of our data? Does the deletion of our contained (local files only) digital selves resemble the termination of our lives in any way? And what do we lose if we do this (and what do we gain)?

You can find the code here.