How to confuse Rip van Winkle from 2008

  • You can now buy a synthetic deepfake of Ethereum’s hottest tokenized man.
  • For $99 per 200 words, you can decide what he says.
  • However, he still has the final say on what comes out of his avatar’s mouth.

Here is the full story, which I saw somewhere on Twitter.


Markets in everything

I thought this would be Vitalik. But it's some guy named Alex Masmej who doesn't even have a Wikipedia article.

I'm not confused. I'm baffled.

I still have my pet rock

Would simply note that the future already existed then, it was just unevenly distributed.

It seems future shock caught up with me. I have absolutely no clue why you would want any of this, nor do I understand why it is interesting enough to get this amount of attention.

Is the 2008-vintage Rip van Winkle cited one who awoke in 2008 or one who fell asleep in 2008? If the latter, he won't wake until 2028, and few today can say what world he'll wake into to find.

"How long, then, could one expect it to have been before the relentless entrepreneurial drive toward an ever-better mousetrap conceived of the Transmittable Tableau (a.k.a. TT), which in retrospect was probably the really sharp business-end of the videophonic coffin-nail. With TTs, facial and bodily masking could now be dispensed with altogether and replaced with the video-transmitted image of what was essentially a heavily doctored still-photograph, one of an incredibly fit and attractive and well-turned-out human being, someone who actually resembled you the caller only in such limited respects as like race and limb-number, the photo's face focused attentively in the direction of the video-phonic camera from amid the sumptuous but not ostentatious appointments of the sort of room that best reflected the image of yourself you wanted to transmit, etc.

The Tableaux were simply high-quality transmission-ready photographs, scaled down to diorama-like proportions and fitted with a plastic holder over the videophone camera, not unlike a lens-cap. Extremely good-looking but not terrifically successful entertainment-celebrities — the same sort who in decades past would have swelled the cast-lists of infomercials — found themselves in demand as models for various high-end videophone Tableaux."

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