Love in the time of robotics


Has anybody seen Lars and The Real Girl? If you haven’t, do so. Here’s the trailer to give you the general gist:

Saw it a while ago and would recommend it to all. Funny, quirky, touching,  brilliant.  It tells the story of Lars (Ryan Gosling), a socially inept, shy guy from Ontario in Canada who falls in love with a wheelchair-bound missionary of Brazilian and Danish descent named Bianca, who was actually ordered online and is an anatomically correct life-size doll. The reason I thought of the film was because of this story here (Viet language only) of a young Viet Kieu who a la Lars lives in Ontario, doesn’t have a girlfriend, and has begun a relationship — working relationship thus far — with an artificial lady (photo essay here). Her name is Akiko. She’s just your average 20-something robot-maid who likes to chill out with a glass of wine, take walks in the park and meet boys with a sense of humour. Here she is with her inventor/ admirer.   


His name is Le Trung. He is a  33-year old. He lives with his parents. I’m guessing he is shy. You might call him a nerd. He spent two years creating Akiko, who he says “doesn’t need to take a break, eat, drink or sleep but she will work 24 hours day. She’s the perfect woman.” 

Some of the more curious have gone to visit Akiko.  Just like in Lars and the Real Girl. Is life imitating art? Is truth about to pip fiction in the strange stakes?  Only time will tell my friends.


4 Responses to “Love in the time of robotics”

  1. 1 Akiko

    I like taking a break, eat (a lot), drink (a lot) and sleep (a little bit), and I don’t work 24 hours a day! Not sure if I am the perfect woman.. perhaps not for Le Tung.

  2. I think old Trung might be missing one crucial factor — the fact that she’s actually not a woman.

    Still, remember Jude Law in Arificial Intelligence as the Android lover for the lonely human, “Once you’ve had a MECHA, you’ll never want a real man again!”

  3. 3 Locknlol

    Hmmm, what exactly does Akiko-bot do, 24 hours a day?

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