Do Androids Need Buddhist Non-Attachment? (And A PowerWasher)

by Nick Glossop on August 9, 2013Comments Off on Do Androids Need Buddhist Non-Attachment? (And A PowerWasher)


The Blue Fairy from A.I. Artificial Intelligence

1. The robot who loved his ‘mom’ too much

2. The robot who loved whoever came into the room, too much

Robot Programmed to Fall in Love with a Girl Goes too Far

Kenji was part of an experiment involving several robots loaded with custom software designed to let them react emotionally to external stimuli. After some limited environmental conditioning, Kenji first demonstrated love by bonding with a a stuffed doll in his enclosure, which he would embrace for hours at a time. He would then make simple, but insistent, inquiries about the doll if it were out of sight. Researchers attributed this behavior to his programmed qualities of devotion and empathy and called the experiment a success.

What they didn’t count on were the effects of several months of self-iteration within the complex machine-learning code which gave Kenji his initial tenderness. As of last week, Kenji’s love for the doll, and indeed anybody he sets his ‘eyes’ on, is so intense that Dr. Takahashi and his team now fear to show him to outsiders.

The trouble all started when a young female intern began to spend several hours each day with Kenji, testing his systems and loading new software routines. When it came time to leave one evening, however, Kenji refused to let her out of his lab enclosure and used his bulky mechanical body to block her exit and hug her repeatedly. The intern was only able to escape after she had frantically phoned two senior staff members to come and temporarily de-activate Kenji.

“Despite our initial enthusiasm, it has become clear that Kenji’s impulses and behavior are not entirely rational or genuine,” conceded Dr. Takahashi.
Reality Pod

3. The robot who loved whoever came into the room, and paid

4. Some Tom Waits jokes

These quips hail from Big Time the movie, but not the album. Here I paraphrase.

On the corner of Friendly and Snooty, Tom encounters a strip joint with seven X’s on the marquee:

And I though, three X’s? sure. Four X’s? OK. But seven? All I could think of was Girls Without Skin.

Nearby, he espies a pawn-type shop with a sign up saying Used Erotica.

And I thought, OK, who used it?…How used is it?…Who cleans it?…and are they licensed?

5. Some Cold War psychedelia for children

In which an artificial boy tangles with some tripping villains at a US missile testing ground.

6. Down in the Hole (on the elevator to Hell)

Next Week: Are cyber-cyberstalkers the New Model creepy threat?