Jesse Anderson developed a program that simulated a few million virtual monkeys randomly mashing keys on virtual typewriters in an attempt to re-create Shakespeare. Amazingly, the monkeys (monkeys!) have managed to write 99.99% of Shakespeare's poem, A Lover's Complaint.
Everyone loves a few rounds of a classic video game, but why should humans have all the fun? The Ms Pac-Man vs Ghost Team Competition serves to redress the balance by putting AI controllers in charge of video game characters in an effort to see which plays the game best.
More than 25 years ago, a commercial warned us about the future of computers. Closed. Censored. Dark. A "garden of pure ideology." How strange that that's exactly what the future of Apple's computers looks like today: the Mac App Store.
Some people get all >:o when it comes to emoticons, but I think they're pretty B-). This =0 program detects your real life smiles with your webcam and turns them into :)s on your comptuer. :-p, haters.
File Mary Huang's Typeface, a piece of software that analyzes your face in real time to create a custom font, in the "projects preceded by their puns" category. But unlike some things with that designation, Typeface is surprisingly functional.
You're working on the most important document you've ever typed and suddenly—boom: Blue screen. "A PROBLEM HAS BEEN DETECTED." What the hell just happened?