When robots eventually outsmart us and annihilate the entire human population, robot-children will learn about the history of man's communicational achievements (most likely during third period at Steve Jobs Robot Middle School 3.0 OS X).
Sadly, whenever the Robo-Teacher runs through the puny Homo sapiens' long list of breakthroughs, it will no doubt have to remind the Robo-Pupils that 99% of our communcation-based inventions led to new and exciting ways to get one's self off.
In the 1970s, party hotlines were all the rage, enabling anyone to pick up a phone and be romanced with heavy breathing and squishy noises
The 1990s brought us chat rooms, opening the door to text-based erotic adventures and eventually, Chris Hansen.
and now in 2010, Chatroulette
Chatroulette allows users to randomly video chat each other, yielding fascinating results each time you click the "Next" button.
Within five minutes of logging on, I conversed with a 17-year-old girl from Norway, insulted a Senegalese couple, and clicked past 30 NAKED MEN MASTURBATING.
I heard about the site yesterday and it only had about 6000 members active, yet around 50 percent of my chats were comprised of such atrocities.
It's amazing how fast new technology becomes a vessel for debauchery.
Yet I was immediately hooked by how easily I could dismiss someone and meet the next random e-weirdo.
Conversely, I was flustered by how I was forced to capture my random chat partner's attention or face cancellation.
And with the constant danger of seeing another naked fat guy stroke his pixelated cock,
I remained clicking through the darkest underbelly of humanity for about three hours.
I highly recommend spinning the Chatroulette wheel at least once.
Its like channel-surfing the most disturbing television ever.