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Robo-Selfies

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There are a whole lot of awesome museums in the world. But plane tickets are expensive, and flying is awful for the environment. But that doesn't mean all that lovely art and history has to remain out of your mind, thanks to the Google Art Project. It's like street view for the culture crowd, letting you take a virtual tour of some of the greatest galleries in the world.

And just like street view, the Art Project catches some weird stuff. Namely: itself. Like everyone else, museums use mirrors to change the perception of space. And just like everyone else, the cameras are reflected in the mirrors. There's something odd about seeing the Google cameras looking at themselves in these beautiful settings. Makes you want to give it the Turing test. As everyone knows, the egocentricity needed for a robo-selfie is just a short step from robo-sentience. At least they don't do that whole duck-face thing.

Mario Santamaría discovered the robo-selfies, and runs the Tumblr that aggregates them.  - THE CAMERA IN THE MIRROR/GOOGLE
  • The Camera in the Mirror/Google
  • Mario SantamarĂ­a discovered the robo-selfies, and runs the Tumblr that aggregates them.

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