Saturday, April 20, 2013

New app prevents incest in Iceland

New application for computerised genealogy: New app prevents incest in Iceland | World | News | The London Free Press:

A new cellphone app touts itself as a way for Iceland's singles to avoid sleeping with relatives — as the isolated country's small population of 320,000 means most people are related. The acquaintances just have to bump their phones together and it tells them instantly if they're family, News of Iceland reports. Three Icelandic engineers designed the app with the help of the Book of Icelanders that contains data from 720,000 people born in Iceland. News of Iceland says, "Everyone has heard of (or experienced) it when someone goes all in with someone and then later runs into that person at a family gathering some other time. This new app might just prevent such awkward moments."

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