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Damn You, Data! Now Everyone Wants An Emotion Chip!

Ah, Japan: Robot Programmed to Love Goes too Far

The trouble all started when a young female intern began to spend several hours each day with Kenji, testing his systems and loading new software routines. When it came time to leave one evening, however, Kenji refused to let her out of his lab enclosure and used his bulky mechanical body to block her exit and hug her repeatedly.


Ever since that incident, each time Kenji is re-activated, he instantaneously bonds with the first technician to meet his gaze and rushes to embrace them with his two 100kg hydraulic arms. It doesn’t help that Kenji uses only pre-recorded dog and cat noises to communicate and is able to vocalize his love through a 20 watt speaker in his chest.

Poor old Kenji! Even if it finds someone, it's still screwed (I think this might be a triple entendre, by the way), if Proposition 8 advocate David Gibbs has his way!

Reading: An old favorite, The Best of H. P. Lovecraft.. Because when the economy is collapsing, there's something relaxing about the idea of slipping into madness.