Somebody: Half-App, Half-Human

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Sun, Aug 31st, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Somebody is a messaging app that relies on strangers for the final delivery. It's quirky, and very possibly unreliable, but I like the idea.

When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. The most high-tech part of Somebody is not in the phone, it’s in the users who dare to deliver a message to a stranger. Half-app / half-human, Somebody is a far-reaching public art project that incites performance and twists our love of avatars and outsourcing — every relationship becomes a three-way. The antithesis of the utilitarian efficiency that tech promises, here, finally, is an app that makes us nervous, giddy, and alert to the people around us.

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