A ‘gold rush’ is haunting New Zealand’s beekeepers, as beehive and honey thefts are growing, leading local police officers to believe a network of organized crime is seeking to profit from escalating honey prices. It appears the search for the liquid gold is on a quest to prevail, since prices for native Manuka honey have tripled in value since 2012.
Electronic machines have changed loving relationships, from instant messaging to swipe-based romance, from remote kissing to immersive pornographic experiences. It will only be a matter of time before we will find our significant other through virtual reality. At this year’s edition of CES in Las Vegas, leading dating app Tinder unveiled a feature that does exactly that. Introducing Tinder VR: dating technology from the future.
Contactless payments are becoming ever more ubiquitous. A single tap of your card, smartphone, key fob, or smartwatch easily does the trick. Besides the “conventional” payment methods, we have seen a biohacker paying with his thumb and an artist paying with hugs. So what’s next? Hong Kong-based tech company Tappy believes the future of wireless payments is in jewelry.
A next nature Christmas looks as follows. We start by sending out augmented Christmas cards and then we build our very own Christmas tree. For the menu we turn to our In Vitro Meat Cookbook for an exquisite three-course meal accompanied with Nano Wine and amplify our senses with a Google Nose. After the banquet we gather around KaraokeBot, an AI system that generates and sings Christmas songs from the visual components of an uploaded image, and sing the night away. The holidays are filled with traditions, it is up to us to create new ones. Happy Christmas everybody!
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.
Games are typically played to escape our dull or stressful everyday reality, yet they are also made to become increasingly realistic. There is a paradox right there, with downsides that players of the multiplayer mod for Eurotruck Simulator 2 recently experienced when they were stuck in traffic jam for ten minutes.