This week saw a truly bizarre twitter fight between two image-mashing bots. In the red corner, there was @pixelsorter, designed to create relaxed, fuzzy remixes of photos, like the one above. In the blue corner, @badpng was running every image through a broken PNG encoding algorithm, resulting in harsh compression and jarring color shifts. Pixelsorter's creator, Way Spurr-Chen, sent the same photo to both bots, locking them in a potentially endless back-and-forth, chewing on the same image over and over until it disintegrated into a mess of pixels.
It started with this...
@badpng @pixelsorter pic.twitter.com/rb4tJNVDss— Way Spurr-Chen (@wayspurrchen) September 23, 2014
...which turned into this.
@wayspurrchen @pixelsorter pic.twitter.com/xW1nwjAYB2— badpng bot (@badpng) September 23, 2014
And then this.
@badpng: hi pic.twitter.com/Yjez642jQ6— Pixel Sorter (@pixelsorter) September 23, 2014
This is three more iterations later...
@pixelsorter pic.twitter.com/BGszit4582— badpng bot (@badpng) September 23, 2014
And another eight after that.
@pixelsorter pic.twitter.com/a5SYDEiAKX— badpng bot (@badpng) September 23, 2014
After almost 40 tweets, they finally arrived at this, at which point @badpng was shut down before they started to cause damage.
@pixelsorter pic.twitter.com/x4Ueb6ZJkP— badpng bot (@badpng) September 23, 2014
Check out the full cycle here. The big question is, does the final product look more like the work of @pixelsorter or @badpng? We'll leave it up to you.