Wednesday, December 25, 2013

(OT) Japan's Obsession with Humanoid Robot Goes Creepy

Some call it degrading to women, others call it a male fantasy. Either way, it is creepy. Mechanically, it makes absolutely zero sense.

Who is this entity that came up with this?

It is the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, putting a new front cover for its academic journal:

The best-selling cleaning robot in Japan is a round disk from a US company that is not tethered and which doesn't carry a bloom (or a book):

Rumba's colleagues, albeit in a very different form, are still working hard at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, sometimes alone, sometimes assisting other robots.

Most recently, a Packbot is assisting the decontamination robot "Raccoon" in decontaminating the floor surface of Reactor 2.


Anonymous said...

Females often embody positive aspects such as beauty and kindness. A quick example is to look at the meaning behind female names in all cultures throughout history. Females are almost always named after beautiful, wonderful things.

Japan in particular often focuses on cuteness and beauty. It is not so strange then, that they would express this through the female gender which is naturally aligned with such. It doesn't necessarily mean that it is degrading or a male fantasy. It's up to the beholder to perceive it that way.

I'd be very honored if AI or robots of any kind were designed in my likeness, regardless of if they were used for servitude. Unfortunately, I was not born with what is widely and naturally perceived as beauty. That is a severe disadvantage amongst a species that relies heavily upon and highly values physical appearance.

Here's some food for thought: Would anyone complain if the AI was depicted as male? I doubt they would even perceive it as offensive. It is only because the AI is depicted as female that people immediately link it to negative attitudes towards females. But there are always many possible reasons and factors for any single conclusion. They could just as easily have chosen a female because females are beautiful and males are not.

As an artist, I can attest that it is very frustrating to design female characters. People are quick to accuse any depiction of females as harboring ulterior sexist or misogynist motives. I have even seen people attacking female artists for designing females, until they realize the artist is also female. This kind of nonsense is why various forms of art and media are increasingly avoiding any depiction of females. It's a ticking timebomb not worth dealing with. It only takes one person to perceive it negatively in some way, and the mobs with pitchforks come running.

It's easy to perceive and judge something from how it appears on the surface, especially when influenced by media to see things with a specific mindset. But if you think out of the box, you'll see there is more to everything than meets the eye. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

Personally, I feel that support roles are very important. There is nothing wrong with housecleaning or servitude, as long as it is done out of free will, and that others respect and appreciate it. I'd gladly help the people I care for.

There is also nothing wrong with submissiveness. It's a personality trait. It doesn't necessarily lead to victimization. In fact, almost all of my male friends are interested in "stronger women". The much touted "male power fantasy" is nothing more than a myth. Power, control and aggression are highly overrated. Society should be about working together, not fighting for dominance.

Anonymous said...

I'd also like to point out that people only fantasize about things they can't or don't have in reality. Simple logic that everyone seems to ignore.

If males are truly fantasizing about power and females serving them, then the opposite must be true in reality.

Anonymous said...

Anon above, what's the matter with you?

Anonymous said...

I will love it when the sexbots finally are made.

Anonymous said...

If there is a robot/android/cyborg/flesh impaired being (Threw the last one in there for amusment) which has a full, proper AI and personality, I would much rather spend time with her, than fellow flesh type, people.

If you want perfection, you have to create it.

Anonymous said...

the fuck with the "realmed" shit again.

Anonymous said...

“On one issue, at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women" (H L Mencken)

Anonymous said...

Yes, it does recur, appears to have acolytes, even. The "realming".


Realming, netblocked, and data blocked. Related to the integrity of character, of course. Is yours Integral?

Anonymous said...

If they make a blonde haired, blue-eyed Swedish looking womanbot then I'm in but if it's some boring and dowdy Japanese housewife type they are striving for, count me out coz Japan is already full of real ones.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the robots' vagina has a GFCI?

Darth 3.11 said...

Even the fantasy robot still has to wear those stupid, lame green plastic horror-show slippers. Save me.

On the other, those round Roombas are responsible for hours of YouTube clips of kittens asleep and the falling off of them (I admit, I laughed myself silly with these). Just add kittens to Miss Robo-Maid and it will be accepted completely.

Anonymous said...

A women that cooks, cleans, looks good, has a computer for a brain----whats not to like. Program the bitch not to talk back.

Anonymous said...

ROBO GEISHA (2009) !!

In Robo Geisha, girls are recruited into an elite fighting force where women alter parts of their bodies to become perfect killing machines. Plot twists ensue, and eventually all of Japan is in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth.

Includes armpit katanas, robo geisha tanks, and tengu milk. Bastards get what they deserve.

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Having them will be great if they can create one but they have to built it according to how the owner want it.

Learn about Beetlesmith Auto Repair Renton said...

If it's for common good maybe it will wok out.

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