After Sun Jifa lost both of his hands in an accident with a homemade bomb (!), he used his DIY prowess to build himself a pair of bionic ones.
Eight years ago, Jifa lost both of hands when the bomb that he was using for blast fishing (!) detonated prematurely. He and his family could not afford the bill for prosthetics provided by the hospital, but he refused to be deterred. Because the 51-year-old needed the use of his hands for his family’s farm in Guanmashan, within the China’s northern province of Jilin, he set about getting them another way.
So with “Turing Test” we have a delightful futuristic absurdity: a computer program, pretending to be human, hawking a book about computers pretending to be human, while other computer programs pretend to have used copies of it. A book that was never actually written, much less printed and read.
But it’s not exactly a touchscreen, the comments section was as interesting to read. Which reminded me of the other link Ellis’ shared on his feed, Storytelling 2.0: The digital death of the author. I hadnt paid attention to how important the comments were to most pages that I read online, and how often they add significantly to whatever it is I am trying to gather information on. And this also brings to attention how I use Warren Ellis’ shared links as a one stop Reader feed [*stares at the other 1000+ unread items on Reader*].