The Absolute Boyfriend-How far will technology go?

Looking at the previous posts about the advancement of CG and other digital technologies, the question of how far technology can/will go came to mind. Also, the discussion about self-awareness in computers such as in the video about Mr. Chips further reiterated the fascination people and cultures have with the idea of a “self-aware” computer that has the ability to feel and think as freely as humans do.

One example that showcases the fascination with robotics and technology people have is the popular manga and jdrama series, Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend). In the series, a woman is chosen to try out a test model of a company’s Lover Series Robot. As the series develops, the “robot” becomes self-aware, develops an ego, and feels emotions.

This series, as well as reading the following article also made me wonder if certain cultures are more open to the idea of accepting humanoid robots into mainstream society. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/robotics/2008-03-01-robots_N.htm

Click on the image below to see other humanoid robots:

A humanoid robot has her teeth checked by a dentist at Japans largest robot convention. The life-size dental training robot, dubbed Simroid for simulator humanoid, has realistic skin, eyes and a mouth that can be fitted with replica teeth that trainees practice drilling on. Simroid cries in pain when the drilling goes wrong. (David Guttenfelder)

"A humanoid robot has her teeth checked by a dentist at Japan's largest robot convention. The life-size dental training robot, dubbed "Simroid" for "simulator humanoid," has realistic skin, eyes and a mouth that can be fitted with replica teeth that trainees practice drilling on. "Simroid" cries in pain when the drilling goes wrong". (David Guttenfelder) Source: abcnews.com

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3 Responses to “The Absolute Boyfriend-How far will technology go?”

  1. thekingofeurope Says:

    People already have relationships w/ real dolls, so it’s not that far off.

  2. This post reminded me of a movie I recently saw during the HIFF it was called Cyborg She if you want to learn more about it here is a link to the trailer

  3. veeeronaaaa Says:

    wow! that picture of that robot is kind of creepy!
    it’s almost identical to that woman in the video.

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