11 December 2008

We are talking WORLD CLASS loser here

A Canadian man, apparently unable to find the perfect woman, has done the next best thing — he's built himself one.

Le Trung, a 33-year-old software engineer who lives with his parents in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, says he's spent about $20,000 so far on Aiko, a 5-foot-tall female android with clear skin, a slim if shapely figure and a wonderful disposition.

"She can recognize faces, she can identify medication, she can even butter your toast," Le Trung tells the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Not only that, but Aiko speaks — in both English and, for some reason, Japanese. (Le Trung has a Vietnamese name.) She can also read.

"Aiko is what happens when science meets beauty," Le Trung tells the Sun of London. "Aiko doesn't need holidays, food or rest, and will work almost 24 hours a day. She is the perfect woman."

This story brings several comments to mind:

  • No, Aiko is what happens when high intelligence meets no social skills

  • My 15 year old is barred from watching any more anime or buying any more manga.

  • How socially misfit is this generation (or perhaps, hopefully, just this one specimen of it) that it thinks that the perfect woman is one who never needs a day off and only does what you program her to do?

  • Is this guy in the FLDS? Has he contacted them? They might be interested.

  • Actually not. They want real women... I mean, girls ... to dominate.

  • This reminds me of an extremely crude joke I knew in my twenties. Aiko cannot be the perfect woman; she does not own a liquor store.


Exodio said...

Wow, that's some animus towards the guy. I would be interested why so vehement?
I would have to ask the question, what if the robot was in the form of a mechanical android a la "i, robot" (the will smith version). Would that be acceptable? Which part is the problem, the 24/7 servant or the fact that it is wrapped with an attractive female form?

Let me take it further, because I find the whole thing fascinating. If YOU were going to make a human-looking robot, would you make it an ugly girl? A handsome man? An ugly man?

Why is it a problem for the inventor to wrap up his package in something asthetically pleasing to himself?

Tony said...

You misunderstand. I am not unhappy that he has built a useful machine. The building of useful, and even attractive machines is a good and useful thing. It is that he describes her as "the perfect woman."

It is not a woman, it is a machine.

Exodio said...

Ahhh, sorry for the misunderstanding. I agree with you. She doesn't own a liquor store.

victorsleeps said...

She is so 01100110 01110101 01101110 01100011 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 01100001 01101100.

I know some geek will translate that.

The Pharisee said...

Oh please. Dominate?

Tony said...

From m-w.com
dominate - \ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt\
Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, from dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome

transitive verb
1: rule , control e.g. an empire that dominated the world
2: to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on

Yup, sounds like dominate to me.

victorsleeps said...

Uh, you guys need to brush up on your binary. The word is "functional".

Here is a word to binary converter for you: http://snarkles.net/