Friday, October 06, 2006

Searching for (a) life.
(Sex on the internet?)

The search for sex online... more ambitious than Seti.

I had a clever, functional description of social networking sites back in the days of Friendster. "F*** your friends, friends. (Because you can't f*** your friends.)

There is an odd paradox at work here. Some people seem to be under the impression that if you build a complex enough interface/obstruction between you and the things you want to "get close to", it will increase the odds of your "getting close".

Simon Owens (under the guise of "research") tried to get laid in 3 cities, posting Craiglist ads as a straight man, straight woman, bi-curious male and a bisexual female. Here are the NYC results:

New York:

Straight female looking to have sex with a male: 165 responses

Straight male looking to have sex with a female: 0 responses

Bi-curious male looking to have sex with a male: 9 responses

Bisexual female looking to have sex with a female: 2 responses

Read the full results on his blog.

A whole science has been developing for 20 years around the concept of TELEDILDONICS. I call it the, "Reach out and f*** someone" model.

From Wikipedia
Dildonics are electronic sex toys that can be controlled by a computer. Promoters of these devices have claimed since the 1980s they are the "next big thing" in cybersex technology. Teledildonics (also known as Cyberdildonics) is the integration of telepresence with sex and was coined in the 1980s by Ted Nelson. The term is considered somewhat humorous and speculative, but not so much so that it is not used in serious contexts: indeed, it is the only commonly-used word to express the precise concept. In its original conception, this technology was to have been used for "remote" sex (or, at least, remote mutual masturbation), where the physical sensations of touch could be transmitted over a data link between the participants.

Here is a link to a Wired magazine article on Teledildonics.

If you ask me Teledeildonic might as well be called "Rube Goldberg Sex Devices"

Rube Goldberg
was the man who created illustrations of overly elaborate contraptions for "pencil sharpening". (No, that isn't a euphimism.)

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