MindBullet: Justin Bieber's Digital Demise (Dateline: April 2017)
Can't get more link baiting than dropping in Bieber death. But, this MindBullet from the FutureWorld chaps does highlight a bloody interesting scenario. Where:
a) our lives are so connected to public facing technology
b) facts aren't checked as much as they used to be
You could very well get the situation where a false-positive from one of these connected technologies (think Nike Fuel Band on steroids in 5 years time) causes the crowd to get a whiff - and then, well, the truth is what you read.
Or cool. Depending on how much you like the Bieb.
Dateline: 1 April 2017
It all started when The Bieb began wearing the new Nike LIFE+ bracelet. It's more than a sensor device; it's a 'whole life' application too. LIFE+ monitors your every movement, what you eat and when you sleep. It knows what you're doing at all times, from wildly gyrating on stage to bedroom antics.
Justin's mistake was selecting maximum exposure. Now every move he made was reported in real time on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere else. No need to manually update your lifestream. What a pleasure!
Until something went wrong. The bracelet Tweeted:
"Justin is driving his new Ferrari, rather fast."
"OMG Justin has crashed! His heart has stopped!"
In fact, it was a minor bumper bashing, and Bieber was unhurt. But his LIFE+ app kept insisting that he'd met his end. Millions of teenage girls all over the world are in a state of shock and mourning, and news headlines keep debating the truth of the matter.
The fact is that it's not easy to deal with this bug. Justin's contractual obligations with LIFE+ mean that it will take an army of lawyers and a team of surgeons to remove the bracelet, so for the time being all he can do is feebly protest on Facebook: "I ain't dead!"
With so many fake online identities and celebrity lookalikes, mass hysteria prevails, as the verified, official LIFE+ app keeps posting: "Justin has... left the building."
Published 4 April 2013
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