Tag: Anthropomorphobia

Slenderman
Back to the Tribe

Slenderman: the Modern Big Foot

Next year the television network HBO will broadcast a new documentary based on the incident and aftermath of two girls from Wisconsin attacking a third one in 2014. According to them, they were driven by the most famous mythical creature born on the Internet: the Slenderman. But who is this being and how it came to be? It may just be the modern version of a much older myth.

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Intimate Technology

Feelling Information with Our Fingertips

Our hands conform a good part of our nonverbal communication and therefore what we do with our nails constitute an important part of this process. Deep red nail polish is seductive, biting our nails conveys nervousness, a good manicure makes us feel confident and attaching 64GB SD cards to each of our fingers challenges how we store and share information in a world were our digital privacy is at risk. Or at least that’s what the Post-Snowden Nails are aimed to do.

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This Instagram model has her fans wondering whether she is fake or real.
Anthropomorphobia

Fake-for-Real: Who Is Lil Miquela?

Meet Lil Miquela, the Instagram it-girl who has over 80.000 followers obsessing over her existence. She is one of the hottest new faces around and strolls the streets of Los Angeles, visiting art shows and drinking coffee. With her perfect hair, eyes and nails, it appears Miquela is living the perfect life. And just like any other Instagram account, it is unclear when fantasy stops and reality kicks in.

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An Australian study has shown the use of lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy, rather than discouraging it.
Intimate Technology

Robot Babies to Prevent Pregnancy

An Australian study shows how the use of lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy, rather than discouraging it. Infant simulator programs are used in high-tech sex education courses with the aim to lower pregnancy rate among young people. The computerized dolls are programmed to mimic the needs of an actual six-weeks-old infant and require frequent feeding and changing all day and night.

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Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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Wild Systems

This Robot Builds a House in Two Days

This Bricklaying Robot can build low-cost houses in just two days. Initially developed to meet labor shortages, at 1.000 bricks an hour the robot is perfectly capable of working on its own. The machine was named Hadrian after the fourteenth Emperor of Rome, known for his significant building projects during the Roman Empire. This new technology means more affordable houses in the future, that additionally could be filled with robotic self-assembling furniture.

Source: Fastbrick Robotics

Begging gettoblasters that hack the system
Suburban Utopia

Begging Ghetto Blasters Hack the System

In the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands, something strange is going on. Since a couple of years begging is prohibited there. The beggars were seen as a nuisance, disrupting the picturesque atmosphere of the old city center. Today, however, begging voices are echoing through the streets again. But this time it’s not homeless people, but ghetto blasters that do the begging.

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