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Yes, Tinder Users Do Exist in the Middle of No Where

Based on Buzzfeed’s article, 14 of the Most Remote and Extreme Cities Around the World, I decided to find out whether there are Tinder users in these remote places.

1. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

  • Population: 450
  • Tinder: No

Gerald Zinnecker / Flickr: zinnie

2. Longyearbyen, Svalbard

  • Population: 2,075 (2013)
  • Tinder = Yes, about 40 or 3.6% of total female population (based on the world’s average female to male ratio of 1.07)

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3. Adak, Alaska, USA

  • Population: 326
  • Tinder: No

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4. Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

  • Population: 50
  • Tinder: Yes, 1 or 3.7% of total female population

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5. Hanga Roa, Easter Island

  • Population: 3,300
  • Tinder: Yes, 17 or 0.96% of total female population

Flickr: lara68 / Creative Commons

6. Supai, Arizona, USA

  • Population: 208
  • Tinder: Yes, 1 or 0.90% of total female population

Flickr: fkehren / Creative Commons

7. Oymyakon, Russia

  • Population: 500
  • Tinder: No

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8. La Rinconada, Peru

  • Population: 50,000
  • Tinder: Yes, 20 or 0.07% of total female population

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9. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha

  • Population: 268
  • Tinder: No

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10. Barrow, Alaska, USA

  • Population: 4,500
  • Tinder: Yes, 8 or 0.33% of total female population

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But then this happened...

In the end, it is difficult to determine how many real Tinder users there are in these remote locations. While I'm not entirely certain on why spammers decided to place these bots in such inconspicuous places, I speculate that they were virtually seeded on random basis in each territory using geo targeting.

In the end, one thing seems to be certain. That is Tinder has created a world where physical reality and hyper reality can exist simultaneously. In this world, its citizens are made up of humans, bots and somewhere in between who/that are indistinguishable from one another.

Moving Projection Mapping Experiment

A video posted by Jinsoo ∆n on

Tried manually moving the pico projector while mapping to give more immersive effect. This would be great for large spaces where you want to achieve the brightest and sharpest image without having to use multiple projectors. It’s also conceptually interesting to translate the movement into both digital and physical layers, instead of merely projecting the digital moving image.

Experiment with Face Projection Mapping

After completing a photoshoot for a project, we did a quick experiment with face projection mapping using Asus S1 LED projector with 200 lumens. Pretty decent turnout considering we only spent 20 minutes.

Photography: Andrew Yoon
Model: Cheryl Vu

#tweet2voice: Sociolinguistic Experiment on Tweets

The origin of idea

During one night, I had a funny idea. What if Twitter users can include a special hashtag to have their tweets be read out loud by strangers?
Could this provide an interesting mechanism to transform a vast amount of text feed into audible human conversations and perhaps add additional layer of information (such as emotional intelligence) that was not present before?

Based on this premise, I built a working prototype based on following thought process.

Role of speech

Traditionally, speech function helps convey information and express social relationships. The list below summarizes all of its roles:
  1. Expressive - express speaker's feelings
  2. Directive - get others to do things
  3. Referential - provide information
  4. Metalinguistic - comments on language
  5. Poetic - aesthetic language
  6. Phatic - language for solidarity and empathy

Where the inspiration came from

This experiment was partially inspired by a project that I was apart of called Audil, an environmental system for the visually impaired.

One of the pain points we've identified during a course of testing is that blind people have virtually no choice when it comes to how information is disseminated to them. For example, computer speech synthesis software is used frequently throughout the day to absorb information and interact with the world. However, this technology also creates social disparity between the visually impaired and the people who are not. We felt that we can design technology in a way that brings people together rather than to simply subtitute human presence with technology.

Another inspiration came from an app called Umano. The app is essentially an audiobook for blogs—where a voice actor would read a blog post out aloud. It's particularly useful when you're driving because you can catch up on blog posts without the need to stare at RSS reader.

Umano distinguishes itself from a competitor, SoundGecko, which utilizes server-sided dictation software to read articles and documents. Umano instead relies on professional voice actors and announcers to read the articles out loud.

In terms of listening experience, voice algorithms of SoundGecko cannot compete with Umano's crowdsourced system to fine-tune tonality, speed and pitch to make the content seemingly more interesting to our brain.

How it works
  1. Amazon Mechanical Turk worker reads instructions below.
  2. Worker opens Google Spreadsheet with latest tweets with hashtag #tweet2voice.
  3. Worker then calls toll-free number (VoIP) and reads the tweet out loud.
  4. Line2 voicemail notification email with MP3 attachment is sent.
  5. ITTT identifies email with attachment, places MP3 into Dropbox folder and then uploads MP3 to SoundCloud and Tumblr.
  6. Admin tweets SoundCloud link to the original Twitter user.

Instructions for Amazon Mechanical Turk

Summary: You will be calling a toll-free number and reading a statement out loud for the voicemail.

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Find a statement next to "No."
  3. Call the toll-free number at 888-XXX-XXXX.
  4. When the voicemail beeps, begin reading the statement out loud. Please be expressive when speaking. You can simply read, exaggerate a bit or be emotional, angry, happy, funny, weird, etc.
  5. When completed, type replace "No" with "Yes" next to the statement you just spoke.
  6. Insert the current date and time (in Pacific Time Standard) under "Date & Time Submitted."
  7. Finally, check the box below and submit.

I have called the number and left a voicemail according to the instructions.