Technology has for sure made me a very lazy man.
Only the other day I was sitting in my living room, wanting to watch Casino Royale. I knew full well that I had the blu-ray in my room upstairs, but I was genuinely too lazy to climb the stairs. I ended up buying it on Amazon Prime Video.
Now, if you’re thinking “this guy clearly has too much money”, I don’t. I really can’t afford to f*ck around with my funds like that but instant video, instant food and instant cabs have mad me objectively bad at being a human.
All of that said, in for a penny, in for pound, and now there’s potentially a way to forego using your own physical form to appear at social gatherings and the like.
Millennials now have the ability to transcend travel and time constraints, by hiring the time of a “human Uber”, or a ‘ChameleonMask’.
Essentially, if you don’t want to go out but want your presence to be noted nonetheless, you call for someone wearing a ChameleonMask, and they will stand in your place, with an iPad strapped to their face that you are Facetiming from the comfort of your home.
These come courtesy of Japanese researcher Jun Rekimoto who said the product:
“uses a real human as a surrogate for another remote user.” The surrogate wears “a mask-shaped display that shows a remote user’s live face, and a voice channel transmits a remote user’s voice.”
The experience of interacting with a ChameleonMask is apparently “surprisingly natural.” I’m sure it is…
Honestly, I can’t really think of a situation when someone would use one of these “Human Ubers” and the people forced to hang out with the live vessel wearing the ChameleonMask wouldn’t be freaked out and more than offended.
Also, I assume the price would be based on how long you use the surrogate for, but would about physical exertion? You hire one to go for a jog or lift some weights with a friend, surely that’s costing much more than if you wanted one to walk through a flowery meadow?
But anyway, that’s the idea and it may not be as far away as you previously thought… not that you previously thought about it.
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