The Real-Life Japanese Pop Star Scandal That's Possibly Too Weird for a William Gibson Novel

In Idoru, William Gibson gave us a story of a Japanese rock star falling in love with a synthetic, virtual pop icon. Now, virtual popstars exist in Japan, and a new pop scandal might be just as weird as anything Gibson dreamed up, writes Miles Raymer in the Chicago Reader. There's a pop group called AKB48, which has… »2/04/13 7:00pm2/04/13 7:00pm


Watch a man take his virtual girlfriend out on a date in the real world

Augmented reality has been touted as a way to integrate virtual graphics with our real-world experience, turning your normal vision into a computer dashboard, and letting any real-world space become a game board or an advertisement. Or, you might use the technology to go on a real-world date with your virtual… »7/08/12 12:00pm7/08/12 12:00pm