And yes, you can choose between a matte black tech-style finger or one with human flesh-like covering.
According to Engadget:
On the less creepy side, MobiLimb can be used to prop up a phone when you're watching a video, control phone settings and provide an additional way to grip your device. But on the extra creepy side, it can caress your arm as you hold your phone or be dressed to look like a human finger.
An early one framed this as a solution to a bad relationship:
Another use is more prosaic:
Another comment, on the "sneakernews" Instagram page (which has 7.5 million followers), "riccardomancaa" said, "Can y'all comment RIP on my latest photo so people think I'm dead and so I cannot go to school."
There's a playful, game-like aspect to this:
Karen North, a clinical professor of communication at USC Annenberg [explains:] "Because that's not part of a game. The game is to get people to comment, and the other game is to get people to fall for the fake report of your death."
Any medium will eventually turn to stories of death. Any medium can be used for fakery and hoaxes. It follows that the two can coincide.
bots are quickly becoming the bête noires of the digital age in the public mind—and yet few have sought to link them to the spirits of the Old World, the entities that once enthralled and haunted the minds of generations of philosophers.
This week Amazon's Alexa decided to drop the benign mask and be open about its creepiness, at least for certain users. Some Alexa or Echo devices have started... laughing.
Alexa seemed to start laughing without being prompted to wake. People on Twitter and Reddit reported that they thought it was an actual person laughing near them, which is certainly scary if you’re home alone. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices...
Here's a nice twist: when the laughter "appears as a bizarre response to requests to turn off the lights."
Good night, Alexa. Good night, humans. Good night, humans.
“We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it,” the president said from the White House during a meeting with officials on school safety.
Next, he targeted computer games:
“And also video games. I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”
These aren't especially interesting comments from a cyberfear perspective. It's pretty simple instance of the old classic: blaming a medium for shaping consumers' mentalities and influencing their behavior.
But it is noteworthy as a very high profile instance.
From Farhad Manjoo's update on Alexa, a small and nicely creepy short short story:
My wife and I were just settling into bed one night when Alexa, the other woman in my life, decided to make herself heard.
Without being summoned, the Amazon Echo Dot at my bedside — one of the half-dozen devices that Alexa inhabits in our house — lit up its spectral blue ring, as if it had heard its triggering wake word, “Alexa.” But instead of offering help with some household chore, the voice assistant began to wail, like a child screaming in a horror-movie dream.
“Huh,” I said to my wife when it was over. She said something less kind.
But here’s what’s really strange: By the next morning, we had forgotten all about it.
There is also a nice coda:
(An Amazon representative offered to investigate, but said the company had never heard of such a thing happening before and didn’t think Alexa was even capable of making such a sound.)
It's interesting to see well-established horror tropes from mobile devices (the mysterious sound coming unbidden) map onto AI fears (it's autonomous! it's alive!) and combine in the domestic space (the couple were in bed).