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from the you-lonely-lonely-man dept.
Inventor Le Trung must really like the book "The Stepford Wives," because he has built the dream of every lonely man without hope, a robot wife. Le's wife, Aiko, starts the day by reading him the newspaper headlines and they go for a drives in the countryside. Le says his relationship with Aiko hasn't strayed into the bedroom, but a few tweaks could turn her into a sexual partner, even redesigning her to have a simulated orgasm. *Shudder*

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  • It appears from the picture in the article that Chewbacca was way ahead of this guy.

    • by mewshi_nya (1394329) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:48AM (#26071875)

      "even redesigning her to have a simulated orgasm."

      Like ALL women! AMAZING!

      • by LaskoVortex (1153471) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:54AM (#26071911)
        At least in Star Wars they did a better job of following the script. Watch her trace the glasses. She moves her head and then he follows with the glasses. She is ahead of him. Seems dubious to me.
        • by lysergic.acid (845423) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @04:47AM (#26072193) Homepage

          that part did seem rather awkward. it doesn't help that the article tries to play up the capabilities of the robot.

          "She is always happy to clean the house for "husband" Le, help with his accounts or get him a drink.

          right... how does she get him a drink or clean the house without being able to walk? i don't see any wheels attached to her in any of the photos. typical media sensationalism...

          this story seems to be more hype than substance. it's just a creepy nerd who's added speakers and some actuators to his Real Doll(tm). i don't see any technology demonstrated here that hasn't already existed in some form or another in various children's toys from the 80's and 90's.

          i mean, does /. really have nothing better to put up on the front page than fluff pieces from The Sun [thesun.co.uk]? this kind of tripe might impress technologically illiterate housewives, but it doesn't belong on a site purportedly aimed at nerds.

          • He just wants a Unit to Sample and Hold.
          • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

            by Zsub (1365549)

            Sure it does belong on a site aimed at nerds... This informs us on how easy life could be if we got one of these robot girls, instead of trying to get a real one.

          • by couchslug (175151)

            "this kind of tripe might impress technologically illiterate housewives, but it doesn't belong on a site purportedly aimed at nerds."
            Slashdot isn't aimed at nerds anymore. As it turns into Slashchan it will get more hits. but lose character. Character doesn't pay the bills.

          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            by mevets (322601)

            You do know that the Sun has other sections more appropriate for nerds http://www.page3.com/ [page3.com]

          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            by AviLazar (741826)
            i mean, does /. really have nothing better to put up on the front page than fluff pieces from The Sun? this kind of tripe might impress technologically illiterate housewives, but it doesn't belong on a site purportedly aimed at nerds.

            Dude! Your killing my hopes of finally being able to get some!
            So where can I buy one of these?
        • by JoelMeow (740794) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @07:59AM (#26073125) Homepage
          Advanced technology is indistinguishable from a sufficiently rigged demo.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by nomad-9 (1423689)
        Still, to emulate a real wife, it would have to undergo heavy weight gains over the years, have a over-developed verbal mode, and get cranky during its (simulated) menstrual cycles. Also, it should experienced increased robotic headaches which would get more frequent with the years of matrimony, and directly proportional to the decrease in the number of simulated orgasms...
      • So, when humans and robots breed, do they get baby cyborgs?

    • by magarity (164372)

      Chewbacca was way ahead of this guy
       
      I don't get it; Mallatobuck is not a robot.

    • Is made even more obvious in the concept drawings for C3P0, but take a look at Maria [google.com], from the 1927 film Metropolis.

      Cheers,
      Ian
  • by rolfwind (528248) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:41AM (#26071817)

    But it starts with the premise that dumb people breed... a LOT. While the smart people, well, this here is one extreme.

    Giving us the resulting societies we are in.

  • That's just soo wrong.

    • but it feels sooooo right
      • Finally a realistic comment. The "only in Japan" tag was obviously delusional. I mean who do you seriously expect to resist something like this ? Europeans ? The middle east (you know they agreed to "stop" slavery in 1970s temporarily (permanent wasn't allowed by a certain religion), at some point the existing slaves are going to start dieing off you know ...

        Let's not kid ourselves : another 10 years and everybody will scream "every house should have one".

    • Indeed. That is the first time I have ever experienced anything that I would call the uncanny valley. The moment in the movie when the camera panned back and it showed just her head really DID give me shudders. And to see the poor head struggling to move down to look at various objects, was really painful. Poor thing.

      All the same, I'm pretty sure that if these things actually did become commonplace, I would get used to them, and they wouldn't seem uncanny anymore. Much like a teacher I had with a sub
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by osu-neko (2604)

        "... He needs to learn to be less controlling if he wants to have a good relationship with real people."

        Given what he's trying to do here, I would say your if clause is false.

    • by will_die (586523)
      You are so right. The whiteness in that hat, can you really call it a hat??, is just bad for her pale complection. She needs some time in the sun to do the outfit justice.
      But really that hat, you are suppose to accessorize but how about some style when you do it?
  • by Farmer Tim (530755) <roundfile@mind[ ]s.com ['les' in gap]> on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:43AM (#26071829) Journal

    ...even redesigning her to have a simulated orgasm. *Shudder*

    1) Nope, not convincing

    2) So it faithfully reproduces every aspect of a real wife? Except that it has an off switch*...

    * /me is going to hell for that one

    • by ElectricRook (264648) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:49AM (#26071879)

      faithfully reproduces every aspect of a real wife
      That must mean there is a very advanced random behavior generator on-board.
      Otherwise, it'd be about as much fun as watching a digital clock click off the time.

    • by Tribbin (565963)

      A human wife has an off-switch too, it's located pretty deep tough.

    • by apodyopsis (1048476) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @06:45AM (#26072803)
      I would rather it had an ON switch so I could turn it...

      oh wait.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Darundal (891860)
      He only said it needed a software upgrade to be able to have an orgasm. I would be willing to bet that he already has the hardware there and has tested it. The guy already has the thing programmed to "slap" people who touch her inappropriately, and to never slap him because it would hurt him.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by mishehu (712452)
      Please don't tell me that she's a personality prototype from the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation! That or made by the same people who brought you Bender's Robo-Puppy. ("Robo-puppy commencing 4 hour barking sequence...")...
  • No, no (Score:5, Funny)

    by Strange Ranger (454494) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:47AM (#26071861)
    even redesigning her to have a simulated orgasm. *Shudder*

    Don't you mean *Quiver*
  • Why? (Score:5, Funny)

    by gacl (1078259) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:51AM (#26071891)
    Come on! . . Why would the readers of Slashdot be interested in this type of subject?

    Wait a second. . .
  • by jonas_sten (1330435) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:55AM (#26071913)
    dont make "your wife" jokes to this guy, she will find you and chase you around with a truck to ultimatly be thrown in a smelter "come with me if you want to live" ~Sumer Glau
  • Stella (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    "Har-court! Harcourt Fenton Mudd! Where have you been? What have you been up to? Nothing good, I'm sure - well, let me tell you, you lazy, good-for-nothing-"
  • by Atario (673917) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @04:03AM (#26071955) Homepage

    I mean, he had the chance to design his own wife, and look how flat-chested he made her.

  • by kimgkimg (957949) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @04:06AM (#26071969)
    Harcourt Fenton Mudd!!!
  • The robot wife is really great, but the mother in law is sort of a killjoy. [hidef.com]

  • Lars and the Real Girl [imdb.com]. A great film about a guy's relationship with his "Real Doll" partner.
  • by erc (38443) <erc AT pobox DOT com> on Thursday December 11, 2008 @04:24AM (#26072061) Homepage

    Shudder? Ick? Oh, please. Don't pretend you haven't thought about it.

    I hate people who pretend to be above it all .. it usually turns out that they are actually doing the dirty along with everyone else, they just don't want anyone else to find out about it.

  • by Xtifr (1323) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @04:31AM (#26072103) Homepage

    It's an old, old story: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy builds girl.

    (Shamelessly stolen from my uncle the science fiction writer [isfdb.org].)

  • Sudo (Score:5, Funny)

    by BountyX (1227176) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @04:41AM (#26072149)
    Reminds me of that xkcd cartoon...

    Man: Aiko, make me a sandwhich.
    Aiko: Access denied.
    Man: Aiko, sudo make me a sandwhich.
    Aiko: Turkey, or ham?
  • Exteriors for both men and women [realdoll.com] and this seems to be something of a match in technology. but thise is this too ASIMO [honda.com] which can walk and run.

  • ... his name will be Mudd.

  • The first thing I would do if I had one is corrupt the poor thing. Be swearing like a fucking sailor in no time and her volume would gradually get louder and louder until you told her to shut up. And it may not work. Maybe teach her to shoplift. Built-in plausible deniability, dude.

  • Fake (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Wordplay (54438) <geo@snarksoft.com> on Thursday December 11, 2008 @05:12AM (#26072357)

    A couple minutes from the end, he forgets the question briefly, stutters a little, and breaks his usual pace--and she answers the question anyway, even though he hasn't gotten it out yet.

    I'm 99% sure this is scripted. There's not much evidence here that she's anything more than a RealDoll Ruxpin. There's probably -some- computer control there, assuming it's not a remote-control Mechanical Turk, given that it responded to the "stop!" commands. The rest? I'll believe it when it's not just him asking the questions.

  • by goatpunch (668594) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @05:17AM (#26072381)

    where Slashdot links to articles in The Sun!!?

    • Inventor's site (Score:3, Interesting)

      by denzacar (181829)

      Is much more informative [projectaiko.com]

      For example, you might have guessed that the guy was into anime but reading his resume you have absolute proof.
      He did 3 "how-to" books on the subject of drawing in manga style.

      * Le, Trung, Making the Impossible, Possible. Advance Female Android,

      ISBN 978-0-9689663-5-8

      * Le, Trung, How to Draw Anime for Beginner Vol 1, 2001, ISBN 0-9689663-0-6
      * Le, Trung, How to Draw Anime for Beginner Vol 2, 2002,ISBN 0-9689663-2-2

  • by k-macjapan (1271084) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @05:42AM (#26072491)

    It'll be interesting when people can order customized versions of this... I can imagine the shop will get calls similar to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Irs1ewDoM [youtube.com] one of my favourite prank calls. Enjoy

  • I'm sure it'd be easier to get a BDSM slave or two, and they really will do pretty much anything you want.

  • by heitikender (655816) * on Thursday December 11, 2008 @06:23AM (#26072695) Homepage
    ... can you imagine a beowulf cluster of those. Ok, even two would do. Twins, maybe ...
  • by erroneus (253617) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @06:25AM (#26072707) Homepage

    Deal's off!! Post back again when she will lick my foot.

    When there are woman out there... two of them... with a cup... Aiko does not yet compete with real women. But with that said, the need to replace women in general should indicate clearly that women are doing something wrong.

  • Its a fraud (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Viol8 (599362) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @06:28AM (#26072725)

    Perfect image recognition + perfect handwriting recognition all decoded and read out in real time AND doing the maths too?

    Sorry , but this is a fraud - its nothing more than a pre-programmed voice box he's set up beforehand and he then puts the correct thing in front of it at the right time so it looks like its comprehending it. If you don't believe me ask yourself what are the odds that one guy could do with $14K what big corps like IBM have failed to do with hundreds of millions of dollars or research? He's either a fscking genius and has invented algorithms 20 years ahead of their time or he's got some snake oil tucked away just out of camera shot.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Dunbal (464142)

      If you don't believe me ask yourself what are the odds that one guy could do with $14K what big corps like IBM have failed to do with hundreds of millions of dollars or research?

            I guess you're not much of a history person, are you? The world is FULL of examples of "one guy in his garage" doing far more than mega-corporations, from aircraft to linux.

      Yes it could be a fraud, but your argument is invalid.

      • Re:Its a fraud (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Viol8 (599362) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @08:30AM (#26073327)

        The "one guy in his garage" generally invents a new kind of toaster or something , he doesn't solve complicated algorithmic computer problems in multiple fields all at the same time that thousands of other researchers in the field have failed to do.

        Oh , and I forgot to mention - it seems to have perfect speech recognition too.

        Buy hey, if he's a genius no doubt he'll patent his algos and clean up and within a year we'll all have it on our desktops.

        Or maybe not.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Good point. If this robot is so perfected already AND has the potential to be a perfect sexbot, why is the adult entertainment industry not all over this one already, cranking out customized sexroids?
  • i want one (Score:3, Funny)

    by FudRucker (866063) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @08:00AM (#26073129)
    if she (it) can mow the lawn, wash dishes, wash the laundry, sweep & mop the floors, and any other misc household chore i program in to it...
  • by rodney dill (631059) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @08:39AM (#26073377) Journal
    Building, programming, and maintaining a fully functional female robot is easier and cheaper than understanding the real thing.
  • "Building your robot" wife isn't the dream of any lonely guy. Because it isn't a person, it cannot really relieve lonelyness at all. Building robot wives comes in two categories only:

    Either it's really just a brainless robot. In that case, you're probably better off with fantasizing than buying a fragile piece of animated plastic for big bugs. Fantasy is more flexible and healthier from a psychological perspective (I don't need to go into the "why" on this one, don't I?).

    The second category is some sort of

    • by Chrisq (894406)

      And the argument that we can build the willingness to serve right into their brains doesn't count either.

      Why not? It does for consenting adult humans. Nobody would say that anybody would say that a relationship was wrong because somebody's upbringing pre-disposed them to some particular type of partner.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by thasmudyan (460603)

        This is exactly what I was afraid of. Brainwashing is not a moral act, even though the person clearly "wants" to do something after the program.

        Why not? It does for consenting adult humans. Nobody would say that anybody would say that a relationship was wrong because somebody's upbringing pre-disposed them to some particular type of partner.

        If you're brought up to live your relationships in total servitude then that "upbringing" was tantamount to abuse and the relationship isn't right either.

        You know, once

  • This doesn't look the least bit like Lucy Liu [newlin-deschler.com]. And this is /. ...there's SUPPOSED to be a reference to Sarah Connor, surely.
  • by kenp2002 (545495) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @09:42AM (#26073853) Homepage Journal

    Years ago I would havve mocked this. But the older I get I realize there are many people out there that just don't find someone. There are people that are "hopeless"

    They end up crazy cat or dog people but I now can see that a robot wouldn't be any different then a cat or dog that a person bonds with.

    I doubt many people would be lining up for the sex upgrade. I've meet some very lonely people (hospic for instance) and it's just the idea that there is someone there, be it a dog, or cat, or I suppose a robot. There are people that truely love their pets and bond with them. From cats, dogs, rats, bats, snakes, horses, goats, ferrits, birds of all sorts, and even fish. I suppose a robot would be no different really.

    There are some people that aren't going to find companionship in life. I see quite a few mentally handicapped people in thier 70 and 80 (those that survive some rather barbaric eugenics movements) who never have been on a date. If a robot could have provided them some companionship, so be it.

    Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age... but I just can seem to find the energy to mock this stuff anymore. I've seen too many lonley people suffering quietly who could use someone that fits some of the holes in their hearts. And sometimes you just need to hear someone speak to you. Some gaps, no pet can fill.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      I am forced to agree I am afraid. This is worse than just a few social misfits or mental defectives.

      My own elder brother, who works for a defense contractor, was dumped 14 years ago by his fiancee. He took it hard, but went through grad school, did some top notch work, worked for 2 years at NASA before deciding to make more money. Maybe he decided to drown his sorrows in his work initially, but then work sort of became his joy. I know because I tried to double date a few times.

      Now, he is 39, and h
  • I had the androids construct a perfect replica of Stella
    so that I could gaze upon her
    and rejoice in her absence.
    Gentlemen, attend.
    Stella, dear.
    Mm, Harcourt.
    Harcourt Fenton Mudd, what have you been up to?
    Nothing good, I'm sure.
    Well, let me tell you,
    you lazy, good-for-nothing --
    Shut up.
    nothing ... thing ... thing ...
    Marvelous, isn't it?
    I finally have the last word with her

  • by LUH 3418 (1429407) <maximechevalierb&gmail,com> on Thursday December 11, 2008 @02:10PM (#26077883)
    I know the guy, he posts on societyofrobots, a robotics forum I used to frequent. Unfortunately, I have to call rubbish on this one. I don't think he knows much about AI. He claims all sorts of incredible things that his robot supposedly does that are all far beyond what anyone has done in robotics, vision or AI as a whole, but never elaborates on how he did it, and discusses design issues that should, in practice, be non-issues.

    Link to his thread on that forum: http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=1335.0 [societyofrobots.com]

    A quote of interest, from the robot's creator:

    "I am what you called a mad scientist. I don:t believe any documentation, No blue print, No paperwork, No Cad. I have build 12+ large robots (main robots) none of which has any documentation or blue print...

    Even the software has NO documentation. The software is about 3Gig and I think I have about 15 lines of comments. The typical variable name I used are.... X, X1,X2, A1,A2,AA1,AA2,AAA1,AAA2 etc..."
  • That's Ridiculous (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Intrinsic (74189) on Thursday December 11, 2008 @03:24PM (#26079225) Homepage

    Inventor Le Trung must really like the book "The Stepford Wives," because he has built the dream of every lonely man without hope, a robot wife.

    Every man has a hope for a partner, they just need to get off their ass learn some new skills. Women are attracted to how you hold yourself and not by what you do or how good you look.. Well women worth dating that is.

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