Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Androids> Women says South Korea?

Remember that time that researchers actually said, "Imagine if some people treat androids as if the machines were their wives?"

Well it happened. And it shouldn't have.


In a National Geographic article that reported on the "Robot Code of Ethics to Prevent Android Abuse, Protect Humans," a deeply problematic gender theme arose.  A member of the South Korean Ministry of information and Communication's robot team (because they have one!) is credited (to his detriment) to the above quote.

The article centers on a charter drafted to deal with future social problems between androids and robots.

South Korea's ministry envisions "putting a robot in every South Korean household by 2020," and "robots in children's rooms."
What is South Korea trying to do? Replace their women folk? 

Though not the focus of the article, the sentiments which rose almost as an afterthought seem more significant. 

I wish I had posted this sooner so I could hear some responses. This is absurd. The comparison should never have been made. 

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