Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Substituting Human Contact

Funktionide Part II from eltopo on Vimeo.

Yet more evidence of technology leading us into disturbing alienated bizarre territory. this is straight out of a cronenberg movie, very gross.

German designer Stefan Ulrich says his Funktionide—a white blob that changes shape thanks to artificial muscle technology—can "relieve loneliness." OK, Stefan, let's say I can get pass the creepiness of that video. Now, where are the breasts?

Based on EAP-technology "Funktionide" is a concept for an emotional robot that substitutes human contact. In a future where technology will play a huge part in our lifes it is very likely that some day it will shift from satisfiying our basic funtional needs to include our emotional needs as well.
How will this future be? How do we want it to be? Will it affect our human interactions if we start to fall in love with machines? Will the machines fall in love with us?

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