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Cure for love: Fall for a robot to fend off heartache
New Scientist ^ | 2-14-14 | Catherine de Lange

Posted on 02/23/2014 7:10:39 PM PST by ReformationFan

At least the bride was definitely going to show up. In November 2009, a Japanese man stood before a congregation to marry the woman he loved, Nene Anegasaki. In doing so, he became the first man to marry a computer game character – Nene is one of three "virtual girlfriends" in the Nintendo DS game Love Plus.

The marriage might not be recognised by the state, but to the groom, who goes by his on-screen name Sal9000, the relationship is very real. In the months leading up to the wedding the couple went everywhere together, they chatted intimately, held hands and Sal fell in love. After the wedding, he took Nene on honeymoon, then home to meet his parents.

Sal says he is in love with the character rather the machine, and presumably he's not alone – over 250,000 copies of Love Plus have been sold in Japan since it launched in 2009.

Spike Jonze's latest film Her takes the idea further, depicting a future in which phone operating systems are advanced enough to substitute a real romance. So just how likely are we to fall in love with a machine?

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bigbangtheory; japan; neneanegasaki; robot; siri; stepfordwives; virtualreality
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Look what our society has to look forward to.
1 posted on 02/23/2014 7:10:39 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
It'll never last.

Body fluids and electronics don't mix

2 posted on 02/23/2014 7:14:21 PM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: ReformationFan

This could be the real war on women. When the robots all look and act like the chicks on beer comercials....game over


3 posted on 02/23/2014 7:15:18 PM PST by BRL
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To: ReformationFan

Wasn’t there a Twilight Zone episode about this?


4 posted on 02/23/2014 7:16:41 PM PST by berdie
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To: ReformationFan

“Are you cheating on me with Siri?!” The enraged ai shrieked.
It would be the last thing he heard in life.
Police later found his Cherry2000 model wife wearing his face as a hat while pinning his heart a a construction paper valentine card...


5 posted on 02/23/2014 7:18:15 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: ReformationFan

She’ll clean out his bank account and run away with a Mac.


6 posted on 02/23/2014 7:19:50 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: berdie
Yep. Just saw it the other night:

7 posted on 02/23/2014 7:19:51 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: ReformationFan

“Harcourt Fenton Mudd!”


8 posted on 02/23/2014 7:20:26 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Bender2; KC_Lion

Fembot ping.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 7:21:04 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ReformationFan; Bender2; GraceG

Wait until they come up with the Holodeck.

RPG's will be taken to a whole new level....

10 posted on 02/23/2014 7:21:08 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: ReformationFan

11 posted on 02/23/2014 7:21:08 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Army Air Corps; Bender2
Great Minds think alike


12 posted on 02/23/2014 7:23:34 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Phillyred

That’s the one!! Thanks. :)


13 posted on 02/23/2014 7:24:02 PM PST by berdie
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To: Darksheare

Bump.


14 posted on 02/23/2014 7:24:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Darksheare

“Do you take this automaton to be your contractually obligated companion until model obsolescence do you part?”


15 posted on 02/23/2014 7:25:49 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ReformationFan

Kook. CooCoo. Barmy.


16 posted on 02/23/2014 7:25:53 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: ReformationFan

ridiculous


17 posted on 02/23/2014 7:26:31 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: berdie
Yes, and a Star Trek episode.


18 posted on 02/23/2014 7:28:03 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Army Air Corps

Once the hard drive is obsolete, this will all fall apart...


19 posted on 02/23/2014 7:28:58 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Olog-hai

Two, if you count the one with Mudd’s androids.


20 posted on 02/23/2014 7:29:07 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ReformationFan

My luck, they’re just like my ex and only run on alcohol


21 posted on 02/23/2014 7:29:11 PM PST by digger48
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To: Army Air Corps

I had forgotten about Mudd, an intergalactic ne’er do well.

His model played by Sherry Jackson was simply beautiful.


22 posted on 02/23/2014 7:30:24 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yeah, but I don’t recall any romance in particular in that episode. “Requiem for Methuselah” actually had Kirk falling for the fembot, and needing a mind-meld to cure his broken heart.


23 posted on 02/23/2014 7:31:45 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Army Air Corps

Sexually transmitted computer virii..


24 posted on 02/23/2014 7:31:55 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: yarddog

I agree. There ere many wonderful examples of feminine pulchritude on Star Trek.


25 posted on 02/23/2014 7:33:12 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Olog-hai

Correct.


26 posted on 02/23/2014 7:33:48 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ReformationFan

I’m gonna buy a paper doll, that I can call my own
A doll that other fellas cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys - with all their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies, that are real

When I come home at night - she will be waiting
She’ll be the truest doll in all this world
I’d rather have a paper doll, to call my own
Then have a fickle minded - real live girl

corrects a few typos and corrects punctuation:

I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellas cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She’ll be the truest doll in all this world
I’d rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

I’d rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2m8VZBfRYo


27 posted on 02/23/2014 7:35:01 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: Darksheare

The fembot asks, “Have you been downloading from other systems?!”


28 posted on 02/23/2014 7:35:18 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ReformationFan

Wasn’t this an episode of the Twilight Zone?


29 posted on 02/23/2014 7:36:49 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: Phillyred

Oops. I posted before I saw your post. Good catch!


30 posted on 02/23/2014 7:37:22 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: ladyjane

ELO - Yours Truly, 2095
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5TV7JUvzo&feature=kp


31 posted on 02/23/2014 7:38:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: berdie

“Wasn’t there a Twilight Zone episode about this?”

Yep. Rod Serling (sp?) had some vision, didn’t he? Almost prophetic.


32 posted on 02/23/2014 7:41:58 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Army Air Corps

http://youtu.be/1eA3XCvrK90

“Hey kid! I’m a computer!”


33 posted on 02/23/2014 7:42:03 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ExmGcyNrO8

I saw Cherry 2000 several months ago on the cable TV. I enjoy watching some dumb free movie I have never heard of before heading off to bed. I suppose it was on the low-budget side, but I thought the story was really good. I enjoyed it.


34 posted on 02/23/2014 7:43:24 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: ReformationFan

35 posted on 02/23/2014 7:45:49 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: 21twelve

It was awesome b-movie badness.


36 posted on 02/23/2014 7:47:11 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Bump.


37 posted on 02/23/2014 7:52:05 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dfwgator

I love you sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly

I sent a message to another time
But as the days unwind, this I just can’t believe
I send a note across another plane
Maybe it’s all a game but this I just can’t conceive

I drive the very latest Hover car,
I don’t know where you are?
But I miss you so much till then
I met someone who looks a lot like you
She does the things you do but she is an IBM

I love you sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly

She’s only programmed to be very nice
But she’s as cold as ice whenever I get too near
She tells me that she likes me very much
But when I try to touch she makes it all too clear

She is the latest in technology
Almost mythology but she has a heart of stone
She has an I.Q. of one thousand and one
She has a jump suit on and she’s also a telephone

I love you sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly

Is that what you want?
Is it what you really want?
Is that what you want?
Is it what you really want?

I realize that it must seem to strange
That time has rearranged but time has the final word
She knows I think of you, she reads my mind
She tries to be unkind, she knows nothing of your world

Although her memory banks overflow
No one would ever know, for all she says, “Is that what you want?”
Maybe one day I’ll feel her cold embrace
And kiss her interface, until then I’ll leave her alone

I love you sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly

Is that what you want?
Is it what you really want?
Is that what you want?
Is it what you really want?
Is that what you want?

Read more: Electric Light Orchestra - Yours Truly 2095 Lyrics | MetroLyrics


38 posted on 02/23/2014 7:53:37 PM PST by the_daug
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To: ReformationFan

What about pheromones...sometimes you just look at someone and that’s it!


39 posted on 02/23/2014 7:56:31 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

A variety of pheromones are available from your local retailer...


40 posted on 02/23/2014 7:57:33 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Another b-movie fan?
We are legion?


41 posted on 02/23/2014 7:57:44 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: BRL

“The Guys Are Gone. Here We Go!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeo9mVnuuWo


42 posted on 02/23/2014 7:59:56 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ReformationFan

43 posted on 02/23/2014 8:03:24 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Darksheare

Mega B-Movie fan, here.


44 posted on 02/23/2014 8:05:13 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: UCANSEE2

Krieger from archer!


45 posted on 02/23/2014 8:05:34 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Army Air Corps

The Video Dead.
Hilarious b-movie.


46 posted on 02/23/2014 8:06:19 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: the_daug

Highly underrated album, “Time”.


47 posted on 02/23/2014 8:10:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: BRL; All

That was essentially the premise of the demise of man in the movie “AI”...


48 posted on 02/23/2014 8:12:18 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Darksheare

I’ll have to check it out.

I have been a fan of B-movies since I was a wee bairn and that is one of the reasons why I love shows like MST3K.

If you like cheesy Sci-Fi TV shows, then there is Planet of the Maidens from the UK and Phoenix Five from Australia.


49 posted on 02/23/2014 8:13:00 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ladyjane

“Close To Me”

I’ve waited hours for this
I’ve made myself so sick
I wish I’d stayed asleep today
I never thought that this day would end
I never thought that tonight could ever be
This close to me

Just try to see in the dark
Just try to make it work
To feel the fear before you’re here
I make the shapes come much too close
I pull my eyes out
Hold my breath
And wait until I shake

But if I had your faith
Then I could make it safe and clean
If only I was sure
That my head on the door was a dream

I’ve waited hours for this
I’ve made myself so sick
I wish I’d stayed asleep today
I never thought that this day would end
I never thought that tonight could ever be
This close to me

But if I had your face
I could make it safe and clean
If only I was sure
That my head on the door
Was a dream

The Cure - Close To Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17yc_uKfiU8


50 posted on 02/23/2014 8:43:00 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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