|Geminoid F poses for pictures in Hong Kong’s Cityplaza mall; taken from http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/30/watch-woman-or-machine-sophisticated-japanese-she-bot-blurs-the-line/|
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by Kristine Crusem
|Image taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
Is it possible for a human being to fall in love or to have feelings with an android? In the movie ‘Eve no Jikan’, the answer to this question is yes. I also agree with this proposition. In the movie, the characters of Rikuo Sakisaka and Masakazu Masaki showed how they display emotions and feelings toward their androids. In the case of Sakisaka, he has a female android named Sammy. Initially, it is absurd for Sakisaka to think that his android can actually do things on her own or even have her own emotions. When he found out that Sammy is actually visiting this cafe called ‘The Time of Eve’, he was shocked and he seemed to find it hard to accept. However, in the latter part of the movie, he acknowledge the idea that Sammy can also have her own emotions and feelings. The very act of him considering the well-being of Sammy is a manifestation of showing care towards the android. Another character that showed feelings towards an android is Masaki. Masaki considered Tex, his own android, to be his best friend since he was a kid. He was very attached to Tex for the android was always there for him to take care of him, especially when his parents are always not around the house. Tex served as the one whom Masaki share his problems with. Tex served as his company as he is growing up. There is also another instance in the movie wherein a girl mad her android his lover.
|Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid; Image taken from http://lewisbrooks.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/maslow-hierarchy-needs.jpg|
Nevertheless, how is it possible for us humans to fall in love with a non-human, especially to our very own creations? First, let us consider Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. According to Abraham Maslows, quoted by Cherry (n.d.), “…these needs are similar to instincts and play a major role in motivating behavior”. Taking this hierarchy of needs into consideration, when a human’s needs are met by these androids It is possible that humans have this sense of attachment to them. When androids can provide security and even the sense of love and belonging, we as humans can be moved by their actions.
- Cherry, K. (n.d.). Hierarchy of Needs: The Five Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Retrieved last March 18, 2013 from http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/a/hierarchyneeds.htm