The Long Tail: What is it with the Japanese and robots?

January 18, 2005

Instapundit links to a post on the Japanese obsession with robots. I tend to think that the author’s third explanation of this phenomenon is closest to the truth, a case of art influencing culture.

But the author also includes this as a PS:

Am I the only one to think it’s slightly ironic that while the
bartender has been replaced by a machine, women are still employed to
bow in the elevator lobby?

Personally, I think this makes sense. A machine can easily perform the task of delivering a drink, but we still rely on humans to provide hospitality and kindness (though don’t think the Japanese aren’t working on that one too).

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