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I know I say this every week, but it's truly been a bit of a shocker in terms of 'everything's going to tits' news. The past 48h alone have seen some fairly major harbingers of the coming apocalypse - AND I DON'T JUST MEAN CHERYL'S WHIRLWIND ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE!

Anyway, I don't care because I'm going on holiday. As a result this has been written over the course of an evening and a day rather than all in one go, and is a bit thinner than usual. SORRY ABOUT THAT. Not that any of you read it all anyway, but I can tell the difference even if you can't. Web Curios will be back in a couple of weeks (try and contain your disappointment that it is coming back at all) - in the meantime, though, lie back and try not to gag as I fill you full of web like a goose full of grain and your brain swells with the sheer VOLUME of STUFF that's been churned out this week - KEEP BREATHING, WEBMONGS, AND DON'T CHOKE ON IT. 

Arthur I. Miller's new book Colliding Worlds tells the story of how artists, scientists and technologists are working together to form a new movement of the 21st century. We caught up with Arthur recently to discuss the book and the emergence of a culture in which art, science and technology are fused.

After a very successful crowdfunding call, MIT Media Arts Professor Cynthia Breazeal has launched JIBO, the "world's first family robot".

99 Days of Freedom is a campaign from Dutch communications agency Just, to stop you from using Facebook for just over three whole months.

Dutch agency creative Bas Van De Poel has launched the Computer Virus Catalog, a compendium of visual interpretations of viruses and malware, produced by contributors from around the world.

The Holden Barina is one sexy Australian. With four tyres, some paint erosion and a radio-cassette player, this is car that demands your attention. Its owner is selling it, and he has made a rather slick little video to publicise the sale.

 

So, Facebook has been in the dock after publishing details of a supposedly sinister experiment it oversaw several years ago. It involved monitoring the moods of around 700,000 users based on their posts. The research also established that it was possible to affect those moods by posting positive or negative content in the users' news feeds.

The Space, a destination for digital art with originally-commissioned work, formally launched earlier this year. Created by the BBC and Arts Council England, the £8.6m project's Launch Director is Ruth Mackenzie. We put your questions to Ruth.

An encouraging report by the International Game Developers Association recently found that women now make up 22% of the computer game workforce. This is a massive improvement from the previous figure of just 4% of the UK industry in 2009.

 

God, everything's gone to tits again, hasn't it? Fighting and war and death and surveillance and poverty and strikes and political paedophiles and #AskThicke and being Brazilian...thank God the football's still on for another 60-odd hours so we can continue dosing ourselves with sporting SOMA and try and block it out. 

Right now, though, I don't really care - I'm going to have a very long lunch (sorry). While I'm doing that, though, why don't YOU sit down right here and make yourselves comfortable; let me stick this week's pair of clumsy metaphorical headphones over your ears as you sit back and relax and let the waves of webspaff wash relaxingly over you like a soothing bath, although I feel honour bound to warn you about the OCCASIONAL LOUD NOISES which may disturb your otherwise blissful afternoon's webmonging - EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE JUST FINE, THIS IS WEB CURIOS!

Marina Abramović's 1978 performance piece Work Relation has been reproduced in a new piece for the Adidas World Cup campaign and produced by Show Studio.

The Barbican's new exhibition Digital Revolution might be opening digital and digitally-originated art up to a new, wider audience, but it has not been met with universal acclaim. The Barbican's relationships with companies and celebrities to deliver the exhibition has been criticised, and as a response, a group of artists led by Jan Vantomme have launched Hack The Artworld. It's a virtual exhibition, geofenced to the Barbican itself. Here, Jan talks to us about Hack the Artworld, Digital Revolution, and the state of contemporary digital practice.

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