Remember the time when your best friend was still a human? Soon we might have this kind of conversations with each other, since Replika, your first AI friend is here. Replika is 100% AI chatbot that you “raise” by chatting with him/her. Replika learns your personality traits and mimics your behavior, while keeping your memories and helping you to get more connected with yourself.
Many people say that myths and superstitions are a thing of the past. They say that they are the mark of a backwards culture and that our globalized society has been smart enough to move beyond them. But did we really? Did we do the right thing dismissing superstition and mythology as mere folly? Maybe, the important question to ask here is: is there really no myth left in the next nature?
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.
In March Amazon launched a game on their Echo smart speaker, inviting users to solve the fictional murder of Bruce and Martha Wayne, Batman’s parents. Needless to say the adventure was a marketing plug to promote the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Surprisingly the fiction became a reality, when local police in Arkansas obtained a warrant for Amazon to turn over recording data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. Reportedly, Amazon has declined giving such information, twice.
Make sure to check out the new website of fashion designer specialized in wearable technology and NNN fellow Pauline van Dongen. Besides her interesting work and vision, the website now offers insights into how her studio operates and how she continuously reflects on marrying technology with fashion. Without spoilering too much about the experience, do keep in mind van Dongen is not afraid of programming pixels. Find more at paulinevandongen.nl