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Iceland gets anti-incest app

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Will Oremus

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"Bump the app before you bump in bed": The app in action.

"Bump the app before you bump in bed": The app in action.

Important questions to ask before sex in Iceland:

Do you have a condom?

Do you have any sexually transmitted diseases?

A screenshot of the IslendigaApp for Android.

A screenshot of the IslendigaApp for Android.

Are you my cousin?

In an island nation of just 300,000 people, sleeping with distant relatives may be inevitable. Sleeping with close relatives, however, remains something most would prefer to avoid. Now there's an app for that.

A team of software engineers at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik has scraped a publicly accessible genealogy website called slendingabk (the Book of Icelanders) to produce an Android app called IslendigaApp, News of Iceland reports.

Along with a range of more conventional search functions, the app features a "bump" function that lets two users tap phones to see how closely they are related. Too close a match, and an "incest alarm" will sound. The pitch: "Bump the app before you bump in bed."

So far it's drawing rave reviews, with a 4.5 out of 5 rating on the Google Play store. One user who commented on the app's website only regretted that it wasn't released a little earlier: "If I would have had this app last year," he wrote, "I probably wouldn't have gone home with my cousin."

Will Oremus is the lead blogger for Future Tense, reporting on emerging technologies, tech policy and digital culture.

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48 comments

  • Is it available in Tasmania?

    Commenter
    Scoby
    Date and time
    April 18, 2013, 12:03PM
    • Why bother, the alarm would sound all the time.

      Commenter
      Captn Obvious
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 2:51PM
    • Only surpassed by the Apple App...is your sister a good kisser?

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 3:04PM
    • That is not very nice

      Commenter
      Mark
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 4:27PM
    • @ selector 2.

      I don't need an app for that.... I'll just ask my dad.

      Commenter
      'Gator Boy
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 5:31PM
    • Oh man, you nailed it! I laughed out loud.

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      Riddley Walker
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      Inland
      Date and time
      April 19, 2013, 1:05AM
  • Seriously with all the unknown fathers ,the fragmented and divided extended families ,and even the disfunctional,divorced, separated and unfaithful nuclear pairings,the surrogates, the ivf's and the sperm donors, they should give every person who is going to engage in reproductive activities a portable diy DNA test kit to check safe sex compatibility with.

    Commenter
    Kane
    Date and time
    April 18, 2013, 12:18PM
    • only if they are planning to breed/be more than a one-night-stand.

      Commenter
      Raida
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      chewing salty razors
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 1:07PM
  • While I am not saying everyone should go and have sex with their cousins and such, is it really that much of a problem if it is between consenting adults and they are taking precautions so as to not get pregnant?

    Provided both people are fine with it then why should others care?

    Commenter
    Craig
    Date and time
    April 18, 2013, 1:09PM
    • I don't think its a matter of who cares but the awkward moment two people may have when they meet a 2nd time at say a grand parent's 50th aniversary party lol

      Commenter
      Ian
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 1:46PM

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