Monday, November 22, 2010

If Only Eleanor Rigby Had Had a Funktionide

That's the name given to "a pillow-like robot invented by German designer Stefan Ulrich [that] has special sensors that react to human touch to show when it is happy or in love" so it "can wrap around its owner and even give them a cuddle... using artificial muscle technology" — Love robots will end loneliness. Technology! What problems can't it solve?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see where this is going, and it fills me with foreboding. In Japan, there are already people who pay thousands for "love dolls." I leave it to the reader to imagine the synthesis between the doll-maker's art and the cyberneticists emotional hacking.

One can even imagine the day when gynoids and androids would be considered better "lovers" than a human mate. At that point, a great demographic bottleneck would occur.

There are, sadly, those that actually look forward to the day. They even explore the idea of humankind being replaced by the cybernetic creations - some as the next step in human evolution. Many are middle aged fetishists, more casualties of the sexual revolution really.

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Speaking of "those that actually look forward to the day," here's a story by that troll we had here, "about the Voyager space probe being found far in the future by robots who revolted against their human creators and ventured out into space; they melt it down in disgust" -- The Wanderer.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Why don't they just get themselves a pug? It's a low-maintenance, highly affectionate, even clingly lapdog. And it'll get them out of the house once a day.

11:05 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Good idea, although I'd recommend a Yorkshire Terrier, for personal and political (Jacobite) reasons.

11:41 PM  

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