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The best phone cases that were produced when an Artificial Intelligence bot on Amazon went a bit mad

Looks like we don’t need to worry about robots taking over for a while yet.

Amazon logistics centre in Pforzheim Source: DPA/PA Images

DURING THE WEEK a man named Russell Jurney was perusing the phone case selection of Amazon and spotted some really weird phone covers.

What appears to have happened, is that someone set up a store on Amazon that sells phone covers which features designs that a bot randomly pulls from an unknown source of stock photos and automatically generates a product page and price.

The Verge noticed recurring themes throughout the phone case designs: medical procedures, drugs, beauty treatments and DIY (as in, photos of plumbers fixing taps).

Here are some of the funniest ones that were generated:

1. A printer phone case. Ideal for when you’re at home missing your place of work.

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2. This case that is perfect to bring to your waxing appointment to make the beautician feel uncomfortable.

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3. This racy ‘Cheese wheel on bady instead of table’

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There’s nothing more erotic than putting a cheese wheel on someone’s bady instead of table.

4. Why not get a photograph of a skin condition put on your phone case?

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5. There is a phone case for every occasion you could possibly imagine.

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This stock photo model has no idea that someone could have paid $24 to have this photo of her on their phone.

6. A gift for that special someone you know that just got diagnosed with gout.

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7. A ‘vaginal discomfort’ phone case for that iPhone 6 that you spent €800 on

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8. Or why not get this 5-star rated phone cover that features a photograph of a buttplug

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9. Unfortunately, this tap one is all sold out.

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10. There’s no reason why this stock photo ever should have been taken

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11. A Kylie Jenner phone case

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12. This photo of someone applying hand sanitiser that appears to have been taken on a 2 megapixel camera phone from 2008

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13. There’s something for everyone: a girls ear

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14. Senior man with kickboard. This looks like a Lana Del Rey video.

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15. Old woman with asthma inhaler

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16. If you’re lonely, at least you could get an attractive young couple hugging each other for your phone

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There were also some downright disgusting phone cases that had photos of toenail fungus, ingrown toenails with dressings hanging off of them and plenty of feet in lots of cringe-y scenarios.

Some people were also annoyed that the bot unknowingly made phone cases that depicted heroin use, so it looks like Amazon pulled a lot of the cases from the site. Never forget Artificial Intelligence Phone Case Gate 2017.


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