Wow, that's both sad, scary, and awesome all at once.
Right? I 100% believe that the people who can afford SXSW tickets would be too stuck-up to let her use an outlet, but I would have given it to her now problem.
Yeah me too haha
I think most people would. It would make for a boring tweet though so the scenario of asking everyone and being turned down most likely was imagined.
This is why I have a small travel power strip in my bag. Offer to make more outlets available when outlets are full. I get an outlet then, and my USB charger has multiple ports for other people too. It's sort of a modern way to make friends.
Or maybe, you know, a portable battery pack that can hold a few charges for their phones
You don’t need a ticket...99% of people don’t have passes
The struggle for AC outlets at SXSW is real: I once accidentally chased Bruce Sterling away from his seat by fussing around with the outlet he was using.
Yeah it is a billionaire circlejerk, much like TED talks.
Is it bad that I want an arm like that?
It is until that arm out performs your birth arm. Then its open season. (imo)
Unpopular opinion: Her time is not more valuable than mine.
You have to stay at these charging booths & she likely wanted to skip the line & shit. Everyone has to wait all the same. Just because she's missing an arm doesn't mean she shouldn't have to wait for the same thing I do.
Edit: I also looked this up & those bionic arms have a battery charge time of 12-30 hours, so fuck this lady for thinking her time is more important than mine. Not my fault she didn't prepare properly. I know damn sure if my arm needed to be charged to be used I'd charge it every single night. Period. This just seems like attention seeking to me.
Arguably, she needs her arm more than you need your phone.
both sad, scary, and awesome all at once.
Might want to run the math that again.
no one would charge her arm
imagine if no one would charge your heart
imagine if you COULD FUKKEN CHARGE YOUR HEART
I'm having a pretty bad week in terms of trusting people but I'm going to just pretend that none of them realized she wasn't cosplaying and that it was actually her real arm.
Why does it matter? How is she more important than them?
Isn't it more likely that she made this up as an excuse for posting a photo though? This is prime /r/thathappened content....
Here's some background on her. I didn't know she was famous until I googled her name. But she's a huge bionics advocate, which I guess is why she's at SXSW. https://www.popsci.com/hunger-games-actress-angel-giuffiria-talks-life-cyborg
What is SXSW? I thought it was a movie festival?
Used to be. Then it turned into an electronics show and also a job conference and now hipsters go to scout real estate when moving. . It’s morphed into just a huge con now. It’s the biggest event of the year there, far surpassing Texas football games.
The website lists festivals in the following categories:
And also a conference with a variety of topic tracks, which you can filter by "interactive," "film," and "music."
It's an asshole festival. -former Austin resident.
It’s a multimedia event. Music, tech, movies, art, events
Sexy social justice warriors
She's pretty active on reddit. /u/aannggeellll
Find someone who isn’t a huge bionics advocate or at least fan
Bring a USB splitter with you. I always have one on me if I leave the house. Splitter, charger, extension cord, all in my laptop backpack.
She's a huge bionics advocate
It'd be weird if she wasn't.
Obvious solution, built in USB hub into her arm so she can charge several peoples cellphones at once!
That's so 2017. The new updated version has solar cells that charges the arm, with a built-in battery pack to charge devices.
with a built-in battery pack to charge devices.
Would make more sense to have some sort of gyro or something so it would charge by walking, like an automatic watch.
That’s so March 2018. Nano nuclear technologies will power the next model.
Solar will only trickle charge.
Might as well replace her hair with solar absorbing filaments. Double down on the whole cyborg thing.
That would be awesome, but I feel like it might be putting too much power in the hands of one person.
Dead weight past the elbows/knees in arms/legs is hard to carry around. It's just not a good place for a battery that is any heavier than necessary.
Now if this was an entire prosthetic leg, you could put a decent battery in the upper thigh without too much problem.
Realistically though, shouldn't she have had a portable charger for that thing? 2/10 would not have survived Neuromancer.
Nonsense! Only early 90s reporters wear battery packs. http://www.rathboneenergy.com/images/abpowerstrap13/powerbelt13_recell.jpg And when they dead short, as some of the pre-fused nicad packs of the early 90s did, oh man!
Battery belts seem really useful.
Currently in development but prosthetic arms are medical devices therefore everything takes forever to go through FDA
I think the thought is that it's charged with a cellphone charger so she could use an external cellphone battery pack.
Looks like classic clickbait
Does neuromancer hold up still? I'm always skeptical of aged sci-fi.
Definitely. I haven't finished it but it's quite good. It's obvious that it wasn't written in super modern times, though. I feel like some of the jargon he came up with really needs you to work with it to paint the picture, if you know what I mean.
Some of the imagery doesn't work the same way if you are too young (e.g. "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."), but it's still really good if a bit obviously out of date.
Depends on what you mean by "hold up."
It's the same story it was when it won awards. It's still a cyberpunk genre story. The numbers don't add up anymore (a few MB of RAM is a big deal in Neuromancer but not in real life), but the general idea is the same as ever, and minor details in fiction-writing are not worth getting hung up over anyway.
to me it birthed the cyberpunk genre so yes. it "holds" up
shouldn't the people with phones have portable chargers?
At a con, yeah, you'd think they'd carry portable chargers with them. But if she can't use her arm without a charge, having one is way more important to her than it is to them. So I'd expect her to be carrying one more often.
I wonder what kind of charge time that has and if she can take it off while it's charging up?
I wouldn't want to take off an incredibly expensive medical device in a crowded venue; it would cost an arm and a leg to replace.
Are you Rocket Raccoon?
what i wonder, is why doesnt it have interchangeable batteries?
why don't phones?
I find it hard to believe they all refused.
It was only one outlet so 2 people in the panel. So I walked to the back of the room - as the tweet says :) There is a second part of the tweet where I clarify that this wasn’t to shame them & that they didn’t realize my arm was a device& not a convention prop
Honestly my first thought was that people charging phones would think their phone is more important than a convention prop, id probably do the same if they didn’t tell me it was a prosthetic.
I want to know how many people she asked. Somehow I can see a lot of people saying yes to a pretty girl with a bionic arm, if for no other reason than to ask about her bionic arm.
"Disregarding the implication that all of these people must be selfish snobs, it's important to note that she could possibly make do without her arm for the moment (she'd be limited while charging it, anyways), whereas many people at a convention probably need their phone for various reasons, from transportation to contact."
Or, at least, this is how I see it justified. It does not apply to everybody, nor should it simply be a go-to excuse. Some of these people probably were simply being selfish snobs.
You're arguing that a person's arm is less important than a phone? You're fucking kidding me right? Please stop and think about what you just typed. People might need their phones for "various reasons"? How about the woman needing her arm for the reason that otherwise she only has one fucking arm?
Edit: I can't believe I have to defend that an arm is more important than a phone, but ask yourselves this: what would you rather lose, an arm or a phone?
Edit 2: Okay fine, you're not losing an arm forever, so here's another way of looking at it. Don't use your phone for an hour. Then don't use one of your arms for an hour. I'm pretty sure most people would agree that not using one of your arms was more inconvient.
Majority of them were probably on snapchat/insta/looking for drugs lol
implying this person doesn't need 2 arms like the rest of us.
whereas many people at a convention probably need their phone for various reasons, from transportation to contact."
Imagine being so deluded that you think your phone not having full battery at all times is a more pressing issue than having use of a fucking limb.
This is the kind of empathetic bankruptcy I'd expect in a 4chan thread
There's about a 1% chance that this actually happened in the manner described. I find it incredibly hard to believe people refused an amputee a place to charge, especially so at a tech conference.
I find it very easy to believe she was (at most) mildly inconvenienced, and she then exaggerated that victim narrative for social media likes.
I would be floored if someone in an incredibly progressive (and public) venue like SxSw turned down an amputee at a power bank out of spite. I would expect there would be dozens of people tweeting about it and taking pictures to shame the person.
I think the most likely cause of this scenario is how the question was framed. "May I have your outlet to charge something?" vs "I need to charge my arm, may I have your outlet?"
The people who said no probably weren't aware that it was her arm that needed charging.
I just noticed that I've reached the point where I see such prosthetics as a real part of the person wearing them. That was sudden. And surprisingly soon.
Also, I hope for her that we'll have some kind of kinetic energy converter, or however you call them, as a power source for bionic limbs. That'd save a whole lot of trouble I reckon.
How much energy does it take I wonder. Would we ever be able to have bionics that are charged by blood pumping? Yes I know most of these have long been amputated but still it would be neat to know if the energy exchange is there.
Let's go one step further and just have it powered by glucose
What are you some kind of AUG?
That sucks. Some people are just cock bags.
It is SXSW. Essentially the concentrated priveleged smugness of all of California condensed into one place.
I blame Richard Branson for adding a Virgin route from SFO.
Something I would bet my left arm did not happen:
"Excuse me, but could I use this outlet for about 30 minutes to charge my prosthetic arm? Or maybe you have a power strip we could share."
"I REFUSE TO GIVE UP CHARGING MY PHONE!"
Wow, what's wrong with them. Pretty sure your phones isn't that high on your priority list
I was thinking about this, and actually at something like SxSW a phone might be a far more important cybernetic appendage than a literal cybernetic appendage. If your work at relies on your ability to record, transmit, and receive information, then a phone matters more than an arm.
That's not an especially kind thought, but in that context I could see it making a lot of sense for somebody to not be willing to give up their charging port.
Meh. She'll be fine with a dead battery in her arm for a while. If your phone's dead it can stop you from doing all sorts of stuff.
Your right, how else will I be able to write my SonicXZelda fanfiction
Really? People freak out if they don't have their phone...
I'd freak out more if my arm stopped working.
I mean I only freak out if I lose it, I meant in terms of having a dead phone on you for a couple hours
I could live a few hours with one of my arms being paralyzed, I'm not sure I'd say the same about my phone, particularly at a conference.
If your phone is that important to you, bring a fucking battery pack. I do.
I don't know, I use my phone all the time but when it's dead it was never a big deal to me
She has another arm. Most people don't have 2 phones.
Bitch, you got two arms. I only got one phone
So, if I had a robot arm, I'm not sure I would expect people to give up their place in what is probably a long-ass line so that I could charge it... Yeah, it's my fucking arm, but it's also my problem and I would hope I wouldn't expect everyone to revolve their lives around my needs.
So at a gaming convention people denied a pretty girl with a bionic arm an outlet? An outlet? At a film and gaming convention?
I call complete bullshit.
In a Gibson novel, the arm would have a monofilament whip and a tranq dart gun built in for dealing with outlet hogging a-holes.
She didn't mention how her arm went crazy and tried to kill everyone, was only stopped when the battery died. 2 sides to every story.
PS all joking a salad That arm is fucking awesome
Arguably, a cell phone is a cybernetic organ with far more utility than a simple arm. It allows for instaneous transfer of a wide variety of information. Tutorials on how to do things. Communication. Emergency alerts. Mapping and directions. Literature and music. The list goes on. All her arm does is let her tie her shoes and makes her, like, ten times sexier. Whatever, arm.
Female on the internet claims people are being mean to her.
More news at 9
Dude bros on reddit disbelieve a person because they happen to be a woman.
More news at 9
I never said anyone was “mean to me.” It was a joking tweet about a situation in my life. The internet makes a big deal of nothing - more news at 10
Born and raised in Austin recently chased out by the influx of assholes. Can confirm that this would 100% happen. Especially during SXSW, ESPECIALLY during the tech panels. SXSW is a concentration of self important jerks from around the world. It's a big reason for me leaving Austin. Try going to work and being a norms person during that week. It's pure hell.
After its charged up I would stick my bionic middle finger up at the person who wouldn’t let me use the outlet.
"Hey, excuse me, could I charge my arm?"
That girl could easily be one of Stephenson's protagonists.
Some kind of hero protagonist? When the they her the job they gave her the arm.
She can use my plug
Why doesn't she just run it off 18650 batteries or something similar a. S swap 'em out occasionally??