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Time of Eve [Vid]By Staff


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I was surfing through the net and I ran into a story about a new animation being produced in Japan by Yasuhiro Yoshiura of Studio Rikka. The production is called Time of Eve and it is a story of humans living alongside near-human androids.

But there is so much that can be read into the tale, which is centered around a unique cafe–called Ibu no Jikan (Time of Eve)–where androids and humans intermingle on the condition that they do not attempt to determine who is flesh and who is not. Within the cafe, the androids have no identifiable characteristics that distinguish them from the human customers; they look the same, sound the same and act the same.Outside the cafe, however, the androids speak in a more mechanical manner and have digital halos–a particularly beautiful effect–that identify them as robots. One idea, Yoshiura explained to The Daily Yomiuri in a recent interview at his Tokyo studio, had been to identify them with writing on their bodies, unintentionally reminiscent of Jews who were forcibly tattooed during the Holocaust. (Yomiuri Newspaper)

Yoshiura says. “I wasn’t out to try and make this some sort of social statement. It’s just about a guy who’s got this beautiful woman he lives with, and he’s thinking, ‘She’s cute, but I can’t do anything ’cause she’s not human…ah, what should I do?’” I found this article pretty interesting. What IF things turn out that way? What if in the near future we start living with androids that are so perfect that we can not tell between Human nor Robot? Would we give them rights? Would we respect them as we do humans?

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One Comment on “Time of Eve [Vid]”

AngelB

20. Oct, 2009

This is a very interesting story and situation. I am sure some of you are Star Trek the Next Generation (STNG) lovers. Reminds me of an episode when Starfleet wanted to dismantle data, so that they could study him and make as many Datas as they required for different tasks including warfare. Captain Picard was given the task to defend against Datas dismantling while First Officer Riker was instructed to represent Starfleet and argue for Data to be dismantled. It all broke up when Captain Picard was able to prove that by the act of dismantling Data, it was a first sign of revoking such “beings” their rights and the start of a vast population of slaves which man could do anything to and this was against every fiber Starfleet, with its first directive stood for. Unless you are a fan of STNG, you will not understand a word I said. On an interesting note, understand that I am not trying to take away your rights to discuss this topic merely by talking this topic in the direction which maybe most of you will not understand fully to appreciate……Knowledge is power, so try to catch up!!


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