The Lovers’ Interface

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The Lovers’ Interface began in the late 21st century as a movement away from urban isolation.

The philospher known by the pen name Sōgo Setsuzoku ( 相互接続 “reciprocal connection”) argued that the Japanese had given up militarism but were still mired in rigidity and utilitarian thinking. They advanced the concept of Subete ga uku ( すべてが浮く , “everything floats”) — that the goals of the classical subculture of Ukiyo, the floating world of pleasure seeking, could be good and true and foundational if offered with love and compassion; more true than the idea that the ordinary world is any less a floating thing, as evidenced by Japan’s shift from militarism to capitalism. 

Coddling these atavistic impulses to hard labor at a time when machines could do so much more, they argued, was a recipe for demographic extinction. It was time for radical recontextualizing the ideals of the floating world, creating an independent arts, healing, and sex-driven community, leaving allocations to the artificial intelligences of the day and focusing on meeting people where they were.