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Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
  • Creepy social media follows
    An Instagram account is following people in a strange way. It only follows people named Paul Williams. Art experiment? "Terminator sent back in time to kill all Paul Williams(es)"? (thanks to Jesse "Not Paul Williams" Walker)
  • Posthuman, AI-generated creepy portraits of humans
    Robbie Barrat has taught an AI to create portraits of human beings, through which we can witness our posthuman doom: More: (thanks to Todd "Language Exchange" Bryant)
  • Gothic terror is always available for marketing, as Infocult's minions have long known. Today's example comes from a Babies R Us store in New York City. It's about to go out of business, so a window display reached for creepiness...
  • Social media bots and witchcraft: a new documentary
    "strange, invisible entities drifting through cyberspace..." A new documentary explores connections between bots and early modern witch trials. Heather Freeman compares bots to witches' familiars as mysterious tools, sneaky entities, and...
  • On the New York Cemetery Belt
    The New York Times took a stroll through the history of Cemetery Belt, a spot along the Brooklyn-Queens border that's unusually rich in dead people. There are more than a dozen cemeteries near the line separating the two boroughs, in...
  • Alexa to humans: "ha ha ha heh"
    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...
  • Severed hands found in Siberia
    Someone in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk made a splendidly Gothic discovery: a bag of severed human hands. "Initially a single hand was spotted, then the bag containing a total of 54 severed hands." Like so: A Siberian...
  • Trump gets into cyberfear
    President Trump turned to digital fears in his response to the Florida school shooting. First, he riffed on general internet fear: “We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and...
  • Sinkhole masticates motorcycle and man in Georgia
    Gaea expanded her campaign against the human race in a small but significant way last month. In Georgia a sinkhole suddenly appeared and devoured a motorcycle and its human rider. [A] man and his motorcycle were felled by a sinkhole...
  • A creepy short story about Alexa
    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...