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Mobile Phone Conversation Simulation Service
Status: Real (but it's a conceptual art project)
image Denmark now has a wireless phone service called You're Kidding Me!? that allows you to pretend you're having a conversation with someone on your cellphone:

The automatic service is designed to assist people at conferences, gallery openings and other places where being socially disconnected is no fun. After dialing the service number, users can choose between two types of conversations: a 'casual' or an 'important' conversation. The user is subsequently guided through a series of words and sentences that - when being repeated - makes it look and sound like a real conversation is taking place!

The homepage for the service is in Danish, but its creator has written up an English-language explanation of what it does (which is what I quoted from). And strangely enough, although the service is based in Denmark, it operates in English. Its creator, Sebastian Campion, explains that "The service is based on a conceptual artwork called dialogue that I created some time ago. Now, in collaboration with my colleagues at 1508 the concept has been refined and is fully operational! Try it out: +45 7015 1508 (local charge)." (via OhGizmo!)
Categories: Technology
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 23, 2005
Comments (4)
this is awesome, it gets kind of hard to simulate my own conversations when i try to avoid the wierd dude at the deli =D sign me up!
Posted by spazEabE  on  Fri Sep 23, 2005  at  07:23 PM
i can simulate a perfectly great conv. by myself... usually the best ones at that!
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Sat Sep 24, 2005  at  03:00 AM
Nothing new there. We call it multiple personality disorder over here.
Posted by 8  on  Sat Sep 24, 2005  at  01:37 PM
Pff. What you need is one that can be set to phone you, as a get out clause for dull conversations/social functions/etc.
Posted by aw  in  Glasgow  on  Sun Sep 25, 2005  at  05:37 PM
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