Arse Electronika

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Arse Electronika is a conference about sex and technology being held in October at Kink.com’s Porn Palace in San Francisco. The event’s description on its website reads:

According to a study by Simon Smith, more than 800 items were registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as sex toys between 1840 and 1997. Among them was a condom with a built-in computer chip that can play music. Progress?

From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. No one can predict what the future will bring, but history indicates that sex will continue to play an essential role in technological development.

Read more here.

At the conference, I will be chairing a panel on how technological developments drive creative innovation. Panelists are me, Arse Electronika organizer Johannes Grenzfurthner, Violet Blue, and Kyle from Slashdong. My description of the panel reads:

Erotica is thought by tech devotees to drive technological innovation, but how does technological development alter erotic expression? There are types of erotica being made today (or tomorrow) that would not have been possible 10 or 100 years ago — in what ways are these different, from the perspective of creative psychology and the erotic arts, than what artists would be making if we were still printing dirty stories on a printing press?

Not incidentally, the conference is like a block from two of the best taquerias in SF and also pretty close to the best Vietnamese food in the world at Tu Lan. Get your tickets now.

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