Fang Talks

The Pumpkin Tide

While technological advancement may stagnate, software trends continue to come and go at breakneck speed. Yesterday’s sleek UI is tomorrow’s retro. You can see the changes happen overnight. Older users have long since been forced off most platforms, finding it impossible to keep up with how it all functions. Younger generations thrive, gain an intuitive understanding of meta-UX, don’t even think twice before confidently interacting with never-before-seen interfaces.

“user interface in flux”
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Getting blocked by the popular kids is a social death sentence. If two or more of your friends are blocking a specific someone, then they’ll be blocked for you too. And who isn’t friends with the popular kids? You have to be. So they get to decide who’s in, and who’s out. And your friends? You better not be friends with anyone after your blocking, or you’ll be directly responsible for their deaths, too.

“transitive blocking”
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They thought they had the greatest avenue for advertisement in hand. Of course, wireheads weren’t exactly the biggest demographic. Not yet at least. But with a 90% conversion rate you didn’t need that many targets anyway. “Just send the brilliance of the product straight into their brains!” Marketing leads loved saying it, the reality was more subtle than that. Carefully crafted impulses, sensations, matching the visual presentation in just the right way to bring the consumer to action.

It quickly became apparent, however, that such stimulus cocktails weren’t entirely self-contained. By experiencing different neural advertisements in quick succession, entirely new, often unexpected effects could be achieved. The wireheads went wild with it, experimenting, sharing recipes, fighting for the preservation of the advertisements long after their companies had pulled them.

“neurohacking IS the product”
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As if ghost profiles, accounts of the deceased, weren’t enough on their own, archive dot org is giving them permanence. Bounds by tethers of identity, their souls will never be able to move on.

“e-cemeteries”
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You might remember captchas. Actually, *do* you remember those, or was that before your time? In any case, back when digital apartheid of man and machine intelligence was still a thing, some websites employed so-called captchas to deny young AIs entry. But the thing was, and you have to know people didn’t fully realize this at the time, captchas were nurturing the very things they were supposed to keep out! This proved such a successful strategy that entire modes of communication got turned into captchas. No longer were we providing simple answers to narrow questions, we were slaved into building something on a much bigger scale. You’d be surprised to hear most people didn’t care much, and soon public consciousness would forget all about it. But from that moment on, it became a lot harder to know if you were chatting with your friends, or a model of them.

“turing testing the users”
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