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Blog: 5 times technology scared the hell out of us

With Wet Picnic's new show I'd Be Lost Without It coming up this week, we put together a list of the different times technology came close to becoming too weird to handle.

1. Laughing Alexa

Amazon Alexa users starting complaining about a creepy sound coming from their device - that creepy sound was Alexa laughing, completely unpromted, on its own.

The company have acknowledged the problem, and have said it's because Alexa was mishearing people. Let's just hope that's true.

I'd Be Lost Without It

Using headphones, binaural sound and immersive, movement-led theatre, Wet Picnic place the audience within an interactive performance that explores cyberpsychology, and the utopia and dystopia of our 21st century, tech-driven existence.

Thu 15 Mar
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2. Robot dogs opening doors

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog SpotMini can easily open a door and walk through, without any help. Scary? Probably not. But now, the company is teaching these robots to fight back. Watch as SpotMini ignores the person trying to prevent him from opening the door...


3. Social media from beyond the grave

Companies can now use social media posts to create an online version of people that live on once they have died - including status updates, video posts, and even interactive conversations. Yup, just like that Black Mirror episode.


4. Cameras that can track faces

The Lighthouse camera, an artificially intelligent, internet-connected security camera, has a 3D depth sensor to help distinguish between people, pets, children, and shadows. So far, it doesn't seem so bad.

Here's where it get's creepy: the camera can act as your personal home informant, so it makes it super easy to spy on the people you live with. Is someone supposed to be at home but they're not? Is someone at home with someone they shouldn't be with? You guessed it, the camera sends you an alert straight to your phone.


5. Addiction to Google Glass

In 2013, a man was treated for internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of his Google Glass. He had been using the technology for around 18 hours a day – removing it only to sleep and wash – and had also begun experiencing his dreams as if viewed through the device’s small grey window!

Is technology addiction a disorder in its own right or a symptom of other problems? Daria Kuss, who researches internet addiction at Nottingham Trent University, says it can be both: "it can be the primary problem that an individual develops that then leads to more problems, or the symptom of other problems like personality disorders."

(You can catch her here after each I'd Be Lost Without It performance for a post-show Q&A)

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I'd Be Lost Without It

Using headphones, binaural sound and immersive, movement-led theatre, Wet Picnic place the audience within an interactive performance that explores cyberpsychology, and the utopia and dystopia of our 21st century, tech-driven existence.

Thu 15 Mar
Book now >>