Tag: Anthropomorphobia

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Anthropomorphobia

Personhood Status for Robots

Beating your robot might get you in real trouble with legal authorities in the near future. Recently the European Parliament discussed the introduction of an “electronic personhood” for robots. As personhood describes the status of being an actual person, this decision raises big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.

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Society of Simulations

Anime Characters at Your Service

Being friends with a cartoon character is a common childhood dream that is mostly forgotten in adulthood. Not in Japan! The Land of the Rising Sun always surprises the occidental world. Gatebox is bringing cartoons to reality in a way that seems to wink at the movie Her by Spike Jonze or to this Black Mirror episode. Just take a look at their video to get an idea of what life with a virtual anime assistant would look like.

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Can a Robots have a Mental Disorder?,
Wild Systems

Mentally Disordered Robots

Whenever you are feeling sad, your modem is always there to support you. It connects you to the Internet, lets you search your symptoms on Google, helps you find a psychiatrist, connects you to support groups, or facilitates a Skype connection with a friend for some advice. But have you ever wondered about the mental condition of your modem?

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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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