The Unreal World

Our modern world is full of simulations, from synthesized human voices to realistic security drills, representational art to CGI-filled blockbuster movies. Gathered below is a collection of images of things that are real, but not quite real—mockups, practice drills, lifelike works of art, simulators, puppets, models, prototypes, automatons, and more.

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