Horse_ebooks proves that humans yearn to be friends with bots

Normally, we worry that Twitter accounts and dating profiles are run by bots — sophisticated algorithms that pretend to be humans. But now, thanks to the Horse_ebooks Twitter account, we have to be on the lookout for humans luring us in by pretending to be machines. » 9/24/13 3:30pm 9/24/13 3:30pm

Now you can buy a $1.3 million Japanese mech over the internet

Remember Vaudeville, that imposing 12-foot-tall, Microsoft-Kinect-controlled mech that was supposed to bear nothing scarier than a mop? Well, Suidobashi Heavy Industry — the Japanese hobbyist collective behind the project — has redubbed their creation "Kuratas," and added such bells and whistles as a H₂O rocket launcher … » 7/30/12 3:45am 7/30/12 3:45am

For Extreme Artist Stelarc, Body Mods Hint at Humans’ Possible Future

Legendary Australian performance artist Stelarc is known for going to extremes, from aggressive voluntary surgeries and robotic third arms to flesh-hook suspensions and prosthetics. For more than four decades, he has used his body as a canvas for art on the very edge of human experience: He once ingested a "stomach… » 5/21/12 3:00pm 5/21/12 3:00pm

Facebook ID cards foresee a future where Zuckerberg is your evil…

Given how absurdly ubiquitous Facebook has become (and how they ultimately give fuck-all about your privacy in the grand scheme of things), the folks at FB Bureau have gone ahead and begun printing Facebook identification cards. Quick, jump on the bandwagon before the Like Police come a-knocking! » 2/27/12 3:05pm 2/27/12 3:05pm

This Piano Catapult = Poor Range, But Grand Psychological Menace

You may remember French puppeteering group Royal De Luxe's mechanical elephant, but here's an even more deliciously absurd contrivance. This is the piano catapult, a musical siege weapon that was recently shown off in the city of Nantes. It's not particularly effective, but at least we'll know what to expect if Billy… » 12/12/11 6:40am 12/12/11 6:40am

Triffid chic: Indonesian bikers wear potted plants as helmets

To call attention to the environmental toll of fossil fuel consumption, a group of motorbikers/performance artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia strapped weighty shrubbery to their heads and tooled around town. This is a smashing look for the incognito Hell's Angel looking to masquerade as office foliage. Explains the » 12/06/11 7:35am 12/06/11 7:35am

Unlike those in Futurama, the real-life suicide booth used lots of fire

You may be familiar with the suicide booths of Futurama fame, but the automated death machine was perfected 20 years earlier. This is Erik Hobijn's 1990 performance art piece "The Delusion of Self Immolation," a machine that requires the participant to get sprayed in flames (and fire-resistant gel, of course). And no,… » 12/04/11 2:10pm 12/04/11 2:10pm

Sleep No More = LARP + Shakespeare + Absinthe + Orgy Masks

Since March, Punchdrunk theater company's immersive Shakespeare adaptation Sleep No More has converted an entire Manhattan loft building into a 100-room abandoned hotel from the 1940s. » 11/13/11 3:40pm 11/13/11 3:40pm