The common American stereotype about Japan is that they produce most of the world’s weirdness. As a nation leading in the field of robotics, this “weirdness” is taken to a new whole level.
The title is right. In Japan, people where so attached on their robot pets that they want to give them a proper funeral when they “die”. To die, it means they are malfunctioning or destroyed.
Aibo toys, which was started by Sony in 1999, will no longer be repaired by the firm. Robot toys will be dumped. However, the Japanese public have a different reaction. Instead of throwing the dilapidated pet toys on the trash bins, we they bid farewell to them as it is a real human being or animal pet.
According to Kate Darling of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, the growing attachment to machines is an effect of the tendency of human beings to “anthromophise” everything.
This conclusion was a result of her experiment. She asked people to smash toy machines. It all turned out that most of her respondents usually resist to be mean on machines.
In a way, the human tendency to treat other beings — including non-living things such as robots — is a projection of our social interaction towards each other which is hardwired on our genes.
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Courtesy of Jane Wakefield of BBC News
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