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Creepy Japanese Humanoid Cellphone Threatens Mobilized’s Friday Productivity

I was about to get to work this morning (really, I was), when I found myself utterly distracted by news items about a prototype cellphone out of Japan that takes a vaguely human form.

According to various blog reports, one talks to the Elfoid–as the phone is known–and then the speaker’s voice comes out of the fetus-like device. Worse yet, it has a texture reminiscent of human skin and tickles the recipient when a call comes in. Apparently Osaka University and NTT DoCoMo are the ones responsible for making me feel like I need to shower again.

The video below doesn’t do more than show the Elfoid from various angles and reaffirm the product’s aforementioned creepiness, but I couldn’t help watching it.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work