Chen Rong-yu, a 23-year-old computer gamer, had paid for 23 hours of web access to play League of Legends at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City, Taiwan Island. At 10 p.m. on a Tuesday, he sat with his hands outstretched, head drooping slightly. He sat in that exact position for at least nine hours. “I thought that he was only dozing off and paid no particular attention,” the waitress who found him said. She approached Chen when his 23 hours were up, and saw that his face was blackened and he was sitting rigidly in the chair. Rigor mortis had set in. When she moved Chen’s chair away from the desk, the man’s hands remained outstretched as if still gaming — frozen at his computer screen.

Barry Chudakov

Barry Chudakov writes about the intersection of technology and consciousness. He is the founder of Sertain Research, a future-focused consulting firm.

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