Cuddle an android
and you may end up making
The Japanese know the future is robots. You can meet androids in Tokyo, not on the streets (yet) but in the Tokyo Science Museum where you can interact with Azimo, Otonaroid and Telenoid.
Encounters with these robots are slightly freaky. They make me wonder what it is to be human and what makes us recognise something as human or human-like?
I know and love the obviously robotic Azimo. I find Otonaroid strangely beautiful, doll-like, feminine but a little too jerky in her movements to feel comfortable with. She’s not as disturbing as the allegedly therapeutic baby torso Telenoid, pictured here. Is this the future of human android love?