Tag: Fake-for-Real

Society of Simulations

Flip-Flop Selfie

Taking a selfie is not as obvious as it might seem. About five billion people, of the 7.4 living on our planet, don’t own a smartphone. These two boys use the nap of their flip-flop as a camera to take an imaginary selfie. Still, their selfie went viral and became our peculiar image of the week.

Image via Volkskrant

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

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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Wild Systems

When FB Replaced Editors with Algorithm

Remember how earlier this year an algorithm went rogue? Something similar happened recently when Facebook decided to eliminate its editors of the ‘trending’ news module and left an algorithm to do this job. What Zuckerberg’s team did not foresee is that algorithm without humans went crazy, pushing out false stories about a news anchor, a writer and McDonald’s.

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meat-lovers-delight Atze Jan van der Goot Mega Steak
Meat the Future

Meat Lovers Megasteak Delight

Behold food technologist Prof. Atze Jan van der Goot and his 3x30x60 cm mega steak! The taste is a bit bland still but the texture resembles animal muscle tissue, which gives it a great ‘bite’. The mega steak was grown in a laboratory at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a process that, according to the researchers, resembles the baking of bread. And it is vegetarian too.

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Hallstatt in China
Manufactured Landscapes

Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

As the saying goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, so Hallstatt – a small UNESCO World Heritage city in central Austria – can feel really proud. Among numerous fake Italian villas and French palaces, it is the only village in the world entirely copied and rebuilt in China. State-owned developer Minmetals constructed it in the suburbs of Huizhou, in the southern part of the country.

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synthetic canine to save dog lives
Manufactured Animals

The “Dog” That Will Save Lives

A very realist and graphic synthetic dog is currently being developed by scientists for medical training and practice for veterinarians. This weird-looking dog will be used as a replacement for terminal surgery, where actual animals, mainly from kennels, are anesthetized, used for practicing different operations, from neutering to brain surgery, and finally euthanized.

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How Technology is Becoming More and More Sensitive

Over the past decade scientists have tried to get technology surfaces to be as sensitive as our skin, especially as our fingertips. Human tact is a very sophisticate interface between us and the external world. It is incredibly sensitive and allows us to immediately store information about the reality that surrounds us on different levels, such as pressure, temperature and texture. Researchers in Korea are now experimenting a compress electronic skin able to multitasks, like the human one, feeling temperature, pressure and sound (sound is air pressure, after all), all at once.

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