There were a few funny April fool pranks put out yesterday that made me giggle. I think the lickable phone where you could send your food porn images to your friends and they could taste it by licking the phone. This prank was my favorite. It even made its way into some business threads where people actually believed it was real.
I kept thinking of the most germ prone places we come in contact - computer keyboards, our cell phones - and imagined someone licking their phone saying, "oh my god, this tastes amazing!" and they hand their germ infested mobile to their friend to lick and taste! (i think i will rename this post "lick and taste")
As the population of the world increases and we have to find new ways to feed the planet. I always had this odd vision of feeding ports being installed to humans and for lunch or dinner we would all plug into some feeding station spot to have some nutritious slurry that contained all the human body would need to be super fit in it.
The inefficiency of chewing might be something the average person only did on “traditional” holidays or special events.
The rest of the time, we would have our man made technologies with smell and taste providing a faux food experience. In this case, I could see the lick a phone working rather well. Taste really was the one sense we spent little time upon, as unless one could plug directly into the nervous system, the ability to fool or fake taste without putting some sort of cumbersome mouth guard or physical object in the mouth – was remote.
We stuck with smell, as it really is an amazing and complicated sense. When I think of a human versus a dog or another wild animal, I often wonder what the level of smell was in our past. How much has degraded in that senses keenness as we have developed into where we are now in history today?
But alas, I also saw data from British telecom on how we use cell phones with voice and data, with our modern cell phone or handy technology we are talking a bit more as a society, but the data packet trend is matching more of a Moore’s law trajectory, if not more. I really wasn’t surprised, as I had roughly guessed how many selfies and tweets people sent out.
I will ponder where that graph is going later because, there will be more and not less information spewed forth on this planet.
Will it all be good or valuable? Or will it be like a bunch of monkeys typing on a keyboard? Will it turn into a Pavlovian type control system where people look at a picture and have a desire to lick their phone?
Time will tell. Until then, I have to imagine the old “candid camera” show with Alan Funt could have a really interesting time getting people to lick their phones.