Tag: Fake-for-Real

Wild Systems

A Robot Will Spark the Next Avant-Garde

­­“An illegal theme park exposing the ideology of the aesthetics of hacking”. “A hybrid drone targeting technological domination”. “A psychedelic fridge to raise doubt about fake news”. Do these quotes sound artificial to you? Not so strange, since they are generated by an artificial intelligence. Predictive Art Bot is one of the many tweeting bots on the Internet. It is an algorithm that generates random combinations of recent headlines of online articles and publishes new non-human expressions of potential artistic concepts on Twitter. This results in funny, strange, alien and random headlines.

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Person using Replika AI on smartphone
Society of Simulations

Your First AI Friend for Life

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.

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humanoid robot diver explores depths
Society of Simulations

Explore Depths from Your Chair

Over seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Yet, we mainly discover the land, since this is the part of the globe we inhabit. But since our body is not able to dive to the bottom of the ocean, we could send a super copy of ourself to explore underwater worlds. Stanford University developed OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot that creates a simulation of the underwater experience on land.

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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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Hypernature

Fake Glaciers for Real Needs

Glaciers around the world are melting due to global warming, that is not news. If you live in a city, the effects of climate change may not be visible yet, but in villages and communities highly dependent on regular seasonal cycles, a severe drought or a sudden flood make a huge difference on the wellbeing of its habitants. This is what motivated engineer Sonam Wangchuk to create fake glaciers that are already improving the life of people in Ladakh, Himalayas.

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death school in south korea
Society of Simulations

“Death School” to Learn Love Life Again

At Hyowon Healing Centre in Seoul you can experience the emotional cost of a suicide during “Death School” classes. People of all ages come to face their fear and learn how to cope with life. First you have your photo taken, then you write a farewell letter to your loved ones and finally you are closed into a wooden coffin for ten minutes. Afterwards, Jeong Yong-mun, head of the centre, addresses the participants: “You have seen what death feels like, you are alive, and you must fight!”

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Plastic Planet

Plastic Pod Beetles

The Nespresso coffee pods are here to stay. The plastic and aluminium they are made of is not biodegradable and, though the efforts to recycle and upcycle them, the impact of this practical way of drinking coffee is taking its toll on the environment. Artist Alex Aebi‘ s collection of insects made of recycled plastic pods shows us an alternative way in which this waste can inhabit our natural world. Peculiar image of the week via Guilliiame Perret.

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Innovative Nostalgia

2040: the Year We’ll Know How 2000 Was

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines anemoia as the feeling of nostalgia for a time you’ve never known. This word may not be frequently used, but it describes a common feeling. The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik believes that this longing for the past follows a 40 year cycle, as he explains: “The prime site of nostalgia is always whatever happened, or is thought to have happened, in the decade between forty and fifty years past”. 

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