Someone just tweeted about this feature in WeChat that sounds almost as appealing as it is incredibly scary. Here’s how it works:
- Upload your selfie to WeChat official account
- Run Shanghai half-marathon
- Within hours get back photos of yourself (from thousands of pictures made by freelance photographer)
- Pay $1 to buy unwatermarked images
The best summary of why this could be problematic was by @donohoe:
It sounds like this could be from a popular sci-fi book but it’s real. Welcome to the future!
Buzzfeed has a great piece on how users thrive on the Instagram platform using automated scripts and bots to build a following and monetize that.
“It’s not just Russian bots and hackers, it’s 22-year-old kids in their dorm rooms and influencers and brands of all sizes,” he said. “The damage is done on a very large level because nothing is genuine.”
And it’s incredibly cute. They seem to focus the messaging on the Aibo being able to develop a unique character.
Link to Aibo website
2018, a world where you can compliment the president of the United States to get anything done. Twitter link
Techcrunch has a good summary of why this is so strange, after the US installed a seven-year ban on selling to ZTE a month ago.