Usually when I get an idea for a blog, I need a moment to determine how I feel about an issue. However, when I saw this video clip, featuring Le Tung’s female android creation, Aiko, my issue wasn’t what to write as much as where to begin.
As a scientist, I’m pretty impressed with the fact that such a realistic android has been invented. But I gotta tell you, as a parent I’m disturbed by how young Aiko looks.
As a feminist, I’m grossed out by the way in which the inventor chose to illustrate his creation’s understanding of perversity.
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As a pretty blunt and straightforward person, I’m annoyed that when asked if he has sex with his creation he replies, “Yes, Aiko has sensors in her body including her private parts, and yes even down there. AND yes Aiko is still a virgin, AND NO I do not sleep with her.”
Listen Le Tung. If you’re smart enough to invent a robot, you’re smart enough to say the word “vagina”. And if you took the time to put sensors in said vagina and give her a G-spot, don’t tell me that you’re not having sex with her. And on the off chance that you are telling the truth and Aiko has turned you down, then at least admit that you hope to market her as a sex toy. Why else would you have this picture of Aiko on your homepage?
My final annoyance comes from Le Tung’s “wish list” of Aiko’s future skills and abilities that he hopes for her to master:
- Facial Expressions
- Make tea and coffee
- Feed me sushi
- Make simple breakfast: eggs and bacon
- If I lie my head down on Aiko lap, have her clean my ears with a Q-tip.
- Ability to massage my shoulders and neck.
- Able to do print and write
- Clean the windows
- Dust the shelves
- Clean my toilet. (I hate cleaning the bathroom, might as well have someone else do it for me)
Hey, I’ve got one. Let’s teach Aiko to puncture his eardrum with her Q-tip and then shove it up his ass. She’s a high functioning, bilingual computer for Christ’s sake. The bitch can do calculus. The selfish bastard could at least have her working on the cure for cancer while she’s clipping his toenails.
But the more I explored my outrage with Le Tung, I wondered if perhaps he was more than a computer genius, but also the answer to our pervert and pedophilia ending prayers. Could realistic looking androids be created and given to all of the psychos out there? Would sick bastards leave real kids alone if they had fake ones? Would rapists steal fembots to dominate instead of pulling living and breathing women into bushes?
Considering that 90% of sex trafficking involves women and girls, 50,000 females are trafficked into the United States and 2 million children worldwide are in forced into prostitution each year, would fembots do for the sex industry what automation did for the car industry?
Imagine the productivity and profit margins. You don’t have to feed a fembot – just charge her batteries. No more smuggling humans across state lines – just buy one at Costco. She certainly wont run off and if she dies you don’t have to bury the body, just recycle her parts. An android could probably service twice if not three times as many Johns as a real woman and from a public health standpoint, you could disinfect Aiko, “down there” and voila, no more sexually transmitted diseases.
Or would androids used for sexual satisfaction simply perpetuate more perversity in the world? Will fembots that never age, need no foreplay, and never say no (or can at least be unplugged if they do) create such an unrealistic feminine ideal that even more psychos and perverts will be created? Will it merely take porn to even more unrealistic and dangerous, three dimensional level?
I really don’t know the answer but I think with guys like Le Tung having access to the technology that’s available today, we’re about to find out sooner than we thought.