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Japan's Lonely Single Men Are Settling For Virtual Reality "Wives Of The Future"
09-23-2017, 08:48 AM,
Japan's Lonely Single Men Are Settling For Virtual Reality "Wives Of The Future"
Japan's Lonely Single Men Are Settling For Virtual Reality "Wives Of The Future"

<p>In a country where over 70% of unmarried men between 18 and 34, and 60% of women, have no relationship with a member of the opposite sex, and where birthrates are among the lowest in the world after Japanese women<a href=""> gave birth to fewer than one million babies</a> in 2016 for the first time since the government began tracking birth rates, Bloomberg reports on an industry that&rsquo;s profiting off the reluctance of young Japanese men and women to find a human partner.</p>
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<p>What <a href="">Bloomberg </a>calls the &ldquo;virtual love industry&rdquo; in Japan has blossomed into a multi-million-dollar concern as unmarried men and women increasingly turn to simulated digital offerings for companionship.&nbsp; Inventors create applications that essentially allow users to build a &lsquo;virtual wife&rsquo; or &lsquo;virtual husband&rsquo;. While we imagine virtual companions bring badly needed comfort to millions of lonely Japanese, as <a href="">Bloomberg </a>notes, the industry does have a dark side: Some virtual-reality offerings promote unrealistic and even damaging portrayals of women as submissive. And men as domineering and menacing.</p>
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<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Starting today, you live here now, with me,&rdquo; he snarls. &ldquo;I expect you to keep me entertained.&rdquo; Wait, isn&rsquo;t that his job?</p>
<p>A real young man on the streets of Akihabara, a district of Tokyo known for its anime and manga culture, is impressed by a demo of the game but declares, cringing, &ldquo;Getting hit on by a man&mdash;it was pretty embarrassing.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Simple companionship isn&rsquo;t Takechi&rsquo;s only vision. His virtual world of husband and dutiful wife, he says, &ldquo;could develop into love, if we keep investigating further.&rdquo;</p>
<p>One inventor who build a virtual-reality platform said he aims to create a virtual partner who brings greater satisfaction to Japanese men and women than a human companion would. That&rsquo;s bad news for the Japanese economy, which, thanks to the looming demographic crunch as the population rapidly ages, will need to increasingly rely on the Bank of Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;stimulus&rdquo; to avoid a deflationary spiral.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;She&rsquo;s always there, always listening, ready to cater to her husband&rsquo;s every whim. Meet Azuma Hikari, Japan&rsquo;s digital &ldquo;wife of the future,&rdquo; according to her inventor, Minori Takechi, who believes his AI construct can go some way toward solving Japan&rsquo;s problem with loneliness.</p>
<p>Hikari lives in a bubble&mdash;like, an actual bubble, or a little transparent cylinder at any rate&mdash;in a skimpy outfit, lending a sympathetic ear to her man&rsquo;s troubles, responding to commands, and flirting (&ldquo;bath time&mdash;do not peep!&rdquoWink. Age: 20. Height: 158 centimeters. Specialty: fried eggs. Dislike: insects. So, less like Siri, more like Offred.</p>
<p>Takechi set out to create a partner who &ldquo;brings greater satisfaction than human interaction.&rdquo; Best of all, Hikari is bashful, so her owner &ldquo;doesn&rsquo;t have to communicate with her all the time,&rdquo; Takechi says with a shy grin, in the second video in our Love Disrupted series. He is selling his prototype for $2,700 and reports 300 pre-orders, mainly from men in their 20s and 30s.&rdquo;</p>
<p>At any rate at matter, should North Korean Leader follow through with his threats to &ldquo;sink&rdquo; Japan with nuclear weapons, a decision that, using the logic of certain investment banks, would represent an unprecedented economic stimulus.<br />&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Meanwhile, we recently noted that the thriving market for lifelike sex dolls may have jumped the shark after a company offering sex doll rentals shuttered its new venture after less than a week after it inspired a storm of controversy. But we doubt that setback will forestall more advances in sex doll technology. For a look at what's to come, <a href="">the Daily Star</a> recently published a look inside the sex doll workshop of Spanish scientist Dr Sergi Santos, who recently produced a talking sex robot named Samantha.</p>
<p>The<a href=""> Daily Star </a>published some exclusive photos of Santos's &quot;works in progress&quot;...</p>
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<p>Many of the images of the dolls mimicking real-life situations are simply uncanny...</p>
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<p>It's a silicone angel...</p>
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<p>And here's video from inside the workshop...</p>
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