The words “alternate reality game” were the last thing some hardcore Pokémon fans wanted to hear last night. I understand why. It’s a spin-off. It’s on mobile. You can’t play from the comfort of your own home. And yet! Pokémon Go could be the shot in the arm that the monster-collecting series needs.
Imagine a world very different from our own, where North America developed not into the stable geopolitical regions we know today, but Balkanized into smaller empires, territories and republics.
For the past few months, everywhere I go in San Francisco, I see young people in cool outfits all reading the same book: Haruki Murakami's long-awaited 1Q84. Not long ago, I was in a café where three out of the dozen patrons all had identical hardcovers, with the same blank stare gazing upwards from their dense pages.
A world without war or weapons would be a pretty spectacular place. That will never happen, of course, so artist Tabor Robak used Photoshop's awesome new "content-aware fill" feature to erase them from a few photos. The result is Annihilation.
Imagine being stranded in a harsh, gun-crazy, pyramid-obsessed alternate reality with your immediate family — think you'd be in the mood for a little desert two-step while on the run for your lives?
Alex Varanese, no stranger to retro gadget goodness, has decided to re-imagine 1977 as if today's modern gadgets spontaneously existed back then. How many LPs could fit in your pocket back in this alternate reality? Easy:
Don't you dare describe these prototype glasses as "eye-tracking," because that's completely incorrect! The correct marketing buzzword is "lifeblogging." This is both an exciting and worrisome look into our alternate reality futures.
I've been seeing a lot of fliers around San Francisco advertising something called the "Aquatic Thought Foundation," which promises to give you dolphin therapy by hooking your brain up to a dolphin. Really, the fliers weren't all that much kookier than the usual Marin County yoga levitation psionics stuff you see. But…
Worldbuilding is the art of creating an alternate universe where the rules of present-day Earth life don't apply, and you have been appreciating that art for as long as you've been reading or watching science fiction.
Welcome back to MangoBot, a biweekly column about Asian futurism by TokyoMango blogger Lisa Katayama. While Dr. Wong was putting dental dam in my mouth, I was watching three hot women singing the penis song in a Chinese restaurant downtown. It happened last Thursday, when I discovered a gadget that can warp my brain…
Though this looks like some kind of insane mushroom growth, it's actually special, die-cut cardboard strips put together by the Ball-Nogues Studio for an installation at Rice University. The artists created a digital mockup of the shapes they wanted, ordered 20,000 strips of cardboard cut to the perfect prefab sizes,…
What does it mean? Why are those robots chasing everybody? Will San Francisco really be reduced to a pile of rubble? Maybe if the Sarah Connor Chronicles is renewed, we'll find out.
In the movie Onigocco or The Chasing World, a Japanese teenager gets flipped into an parallel world where everyone who has the last name Sato is being ruthlessly hunted down. Of course, that just happens to be his last name. While trying to evade the smiling cyborgs, he encounters alternate versions of his girlfriend…