Digital Progeny

Digital Progeny, Neil Amsler,
Slacker Bonding
‘To spawn or not to spawn?’ While ruminating recently on that
life-changing question, writer Neil Amsler and his girlfriend
decided to first do a little experiment. Their solution to the
quandary: get a digital representation of their future child based
on a combination of their facial features. Amsler writes: ‘When we
spotted this tech-toy [a photo morphing machine], the narcissist in
us couldn’t resist. Perhaps we believed that by seeing ourselves in
this digital progeny, we would stop fighting our reproductive
urges. So we fed the booth our coins and waited like all expectant
parents do.’ Find out what they thought of the computer’s creation,
and what it revealed about themselves in turn.
–Sara V. Buckwitz
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