Source: Myanmar People Magazine
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မန္မာဆရာ၀န္ဘြဲ႕ ဆိုင္းဘုတ္တင္ ျမန္မာစကားမတတ္ေသာ တရုတ္လူမ်ဳိး ရုိက္စား ေဆးခန္း xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx လြန္ခဲ့ေသာ ရက္ပိုင္းက ရန္ကုန္ျမဳိ ့ လသာျမဳိဳ႕နယ္ စဥ္႔အုိးတန္းလမ္း ေအာက္ဘေလာက္
She’s the perfect girlfriend – unselfish, attentive and even-tempered. She’s got delicate features, a perfect hourglass figure and shiny black hair. The only problem? She’s not real.
The five-foot-tall robot who goes by the name of Aiko (it means love child in Japanese) is the creation of Le Trung, a former software programmer from Ontario, Canada.
The 33-year-old Vietnamese native spent his life savings to perfect the twenty-something robot, who speaks two languages, does household chores, and is so good at math that she can do all his accounts.
All told, Trung spent more than $21,000 on Aiko, and was forced to move back in with his parents when he ran out of money.
Trung made his first robot at age eight, and says Aiko took years of planning and calculations. She can speak about 13,000 sentences in Japanese and English, tell the weather in foreign cities (courtesy of Internet links) and move her hands.
She can nod her head, give directions, and read aloud from a newspaper.
Le Trung, who has noted that he has friends of his own and thus no need to create robot-friends, also has stated that he never had time to find a real wife.
Experts say that, for men like Trung, a “woman” like Aiko, with her model-thin measurements and silicon breasts, is what many men are looking for.
“It’s a safe kind of relationship,” says Karen Romine, licensed marriage and family therapist. “Women have completely changed how they participate in relationships in the last 40 years, but men still have the same habits and expectations as ever, so you’ve got 20th century men trying to find love with 21st century women, and everyone gets frustrated.”
Building a relationship with a real girlfriend can be endlessly frustrating, Romine notes. “Having a robot saves men from that entire process and all the anxieties and heartaches. There are no interpersonal hoops to jump through in order to have harmony.”
Trung plans to spend the next few years perfecting Aiko’s software and increasing her range of skills.
While there’s at least one (rather intimate) “skill” she’ll never be able to learn, she could certainly be taught how to care for an invalid.
And given the fact that Trung suffered a heart attack shortly after her completion, he doesn’t discount that he might benefit if he taught Aiko some nursing skills.
“I thought that one day I might need 24-hour care in the future,” he has said.
“I may need to have Aiko look after me one day.” But subbing a robot for a girlfriend’s not cool, Romine says.
“It’s disturbing, because instead of learning how to relate better in the world, he’s retreating into technology. It’s a step backward, and it mirrors our general retreat from face-to-face social interaction. Now we text and email even with people who are in the same building.”
Source: BY ROSEMARY BLACK, DAILY NEWS