Japan’s Stepford Future

by Datechguy | February 24th, 2013

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Japan's Stepford Future

Cat: You’re the ground controller?

Ground Con­troller: Please State your name and clear­ance code?

Cat: Real­ity Sucks

Ground Con­troller: Your names real­ity sucks? Ha Ha Ha Ha. One sec­ond Mr. Sucks

Red Dwarf 1999

I have made the argu­ment over and over that the only rea­son to be a Chris­t­ian in gen­eral and a Roman Catholic in par­tic­u­lar is because it’s true. I’ve said if it wasn’t true then we’re just an elk’s club that meets on Sundays.

A per­son who lives accord­ing to beliefs not based in truth and real­ity is fool­ing him or her self. There are words for such belief sets.

Two are “Fan­tasy” if you want to be kind and “Delu­sion” if you don’t.

This came imme­di­ately to mind when I saw this story out of Japan.

Kozaki is one of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Japan­ese who have bought Love Plus, a game released on the Nin­tendo DS in 2009, which is intended to sim­u­late the expe­ri­ence of high-​school romance with one of three pre-​programmed teen girl char­ac­ters. For a siz­able num­ber of loyal male gamers, it has become some­thing more: a rela­tion­ship that, if not entirely like dat­ing a real woman, comes close as a source of affection.

I really do love her,” Kozaki explains, when he and two of his friends meet with me in a cof­fee shop in Aki­habara, the Tokyo neigh­bour­hood at the cen­tre of Japan’s otaku cul­ture. Kozaki fully expects the game to be a life­long com­mit­ment. “If some­one were to ask me to stop, I don’t think I could do it,” he says.

Say WHAT?

IN PER­SON – IF INDEED PER­SON IS THE RIGHT WORD – Gemi­noid F can appear strik­ingly beau­ti­ful in a way that doesn’t trans­late to pho­tos or video. Her hair is smooth and glossy, and falls across her del­i­cately translu­cent, pale sil­i­cone face. As she sits in the chair at Osaka Uni­ver­sity, she runs through an idling pro­gram of ran­dom motions. She blinks, fid­gets and makes small, dis­tracted move­ments with her lips. When she turns her head and looks at you with her plas­tic eyes, the effect is thrilling and unset­tling. It feels as if you’re being stared at, a lit­tle too intently, by an attrac­tive stranger.

This is cul­tural sui­cide on a grand scale. If you have peo­ple who are deal­ing with vir­tual women who are pro­gramed to be Step­ford Wives and girl­friends They will have no idea of how to han­dle actual peo­ple with actual feel­ings and actual needs on their own. One can deny real­ity as long as you want but sooner or later real­ity is going to catch up.

Japan is doom­ing itself to demo­graphic death and here in the US there are plenty of peo­ple also deal­ing with unre­al­ity that while not quite at the Japan point are going there.

The future belong to those who show up. At the rate Japan is going they won’t have to worry about being con­quered by China, At this rate China will even­tu­ally just walk on into to an empty set of Islands.

Be fruit­ful and mul­ti­ply” is bet­ter advice they peo­ple know.

******************************************
[ther­mome­ter raised=0 target=300 height =200 ]

Well I’m back home after a morn­ing of speak­ing on Behalf of WQPH Catholic Radio. It’s a new week which means it’s a new thermometer.

It’s a big week in two ways. As the final week of the month get­ting the pay­check guar­an­tees the Mort­gage pay­ment in full, but more impor­tantly if we get the 15 tip jar hit­ters @ $20 this week it means a full month of pay­checks mean­ing that this sys­tem HAS worked.

Can this work to sup­port a blog­ger? Well we have seven days to find out.





Cat: You’re the ground controller?

Ground Controller: Please State your name and clearance code?

Cat: Reality Sucks

Ground Controller: Your names reality sucks? Ha Ha Ha Ha. One second Mr. Sucks

Red Dwarf 1999

I have made the argument over and over that the only reason to be a Christian in general and a Roman Catholic in particular is because it’s true.  I’ve said if it wasn’t true then we’re just an elk’s club that meets on Sundays.

A person who lives according to beliefs not based in truth and reality is fooling him or her self.  There are words for such belief sets.

Two  are “Fantasy” if you want to be kind and “Delusion” if you don’t.

This came immediately to mind when I saw this story out of Japan.

Kozaki is one of hundreds of thousands of Japanese who have bought Love Plus, a game released on the Nintendo DS in 2009, which is intended to simulate the experience of high-school romance with one of three pre-programmed teen girl characters. For a sizable number of loyal male gamers, it has become something more: a relationship that, if not entirely like dating a real woman, comes close as a source of affection.

“I really do love her,” Kozaki explains, when he and two of his friends meet with me in a coffee shop in Akihabara, the Tokyo neighbourhood at the centre of Japan’s otaku culture. Kozaki fully expects the game to be a lifelong commitment. “If someone were to ask me to stop, I don’t think I could do it,” he says.

Say WHAT?

IN PERSON – IF INDEED PERSON IS THE RIGHT WORD – Geminoid F can appear strikingly beautiful in a way that doesn’t translate to photos or video. Her hair is smooth and glossy, and falls across her delicately translucent, pale silicone face. As she sits in the chair at Osaka University, she runs through an idling program of random motions. She blinks, fidgets and makes small, distracted movements with her lips. When she turns her head and looks at you with her plastic eyes, the effect is thrilling and unsettling. It feels as if you’re being stared at, a little too intently, by an attractive stranger.

This is cultural suicide on a grand scale. If you have people who are dealing with virtual women who are programed to be Stepford Wives and girlfriends They will have no idea of how to handle actual people with actual feelings and actual needs on their own. One can deny reality as long as you want but sooner or later reality is going to catch up.

Japan is dooming itself to demographic death and here in the US there are plenty of people also dealing with unreality that while not quite at the Japan point are going there.

The future belong to those who show up. At the rate Japan is going they won’t have to worry about being conquered by China, At this rate China will eventually just walk on into to an empty set of Islands.

“Be fruitful and multiply” is better advice they people know.

******************************************
[thermometer raised=0 target=300 height =200 ]

Well I’m back home after a morning of speaking on Behalf of WQPH Catholic Radio. It’s a new week which means it’s a new thermometer.

It’s a big week in two ways. As the final week of the month getting the paycheck guarantees the Mortgage payment in full, but more importantly if we get the 15 tip jar hitters @ $20 this week it means a full month of paychecks meaning that this system HAS worked.

Can this work to support a blogger? Well we have seven days to find out.





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