Mar 5 2009Wow, I'm Shocked: Robot Programmed To Love Goes Too Far, Commences Stalking

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Kenji, a third-generation humanoid, was programmed by Toshiba's Akimu Robotic Research Institute to emulate human emotions, including love. But shockingly, Kenji has gone haywire and will probably end up killing off all his love interests.

The trouble all started when a young female intern began to spend several hours each day with Kenji, testing his systems and loading new software routines. When it came time to leave one evening, however, Kenji refused to let her out of his lab enclosure and used his bulky mechanical body to block her exit and hug her repeatedly. The intern was only able to escape after she had frantically phoned two senior staff members to come and temporarily de-activate Kenji.


Dr. Takahashi admits that they will more than likely have to decommission Kenji permanently, but he's optimistic about one day succeeding where Kenji failed. "This is only a minor setback. I have full faith that we will one day live side by side with, and eventually love and be loved by, robots," he said.

Oh hell no you crackpot. Ain't no love for robots here. It's kill or be killed. YOUR EXPERIMENT FAILED MISERABLY -- GIVE UP. Seriously, we need this guy behind bars STAT. The day I'm forced to love a robot is the day I stab that mechanical beast through the eye-camera with a rusty screwdriver and sparks fly everywhere as I mash it around in his brain real good until the BEEPITY BOOP BEEPING stops and I push my would-be mechanical lover off me and take a nap.

Robot Programmed to Love Goes too Far [muckflash]

Thanks to Jon, who once kicked a robot in the metallic junk for stepping on his shoe.

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it begins!!!!

What's that saying about the Japanese and weird shit? Oh yeah, they love it.

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Jesus Christ. I can't even eat right now, I'm so skeered.

Well, after reading the newspaper headlines and seeing what humans who "love" each other are doing, I'd say they succeed in teaching it human love.

erm, yay?

I'm curious where crossing the line of robotic affection is when the thing starts rubbing her oyster

Pat, It's real; I was attacked by a band of these killer love machines just last week.

They taught it to obsessively abusively love... AKA: CRAZY! This is a negative side effect of having lonely people program this thing...

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Jesus! All that time and energy spent preparing for the zombie apocalypse only to have to turn around and scrap it for the robot apocalypse! Dammit!

Good thing he didn't equip Kenji with a robo-dong, huh? She would have gotten some sweet, sweet robot lovin!

@12 DIE SPAM MONKEY.

Anyway, erm, yes, about the robot lovers.
Why can't we just cut the crap and make a robot punani without involving all that extra body and personality? What's LOVE got to do with getting my rocks off (the only reason to have a robot lover)???

Q: "What's all the useless metal surrounding your robot's "love hole" called?"
A: "Your robot lover."

*bows* "Thank you, thank you very much"

they should have seen this coming a long time ago...instead of decommission it why not make another robot and name it sakura or something...that way kenji and sakura can robot love each other all day long

Fake! I can find no reference to the Akimu Robotics Research Institute anywhere on the web except in reference to this story.

On the contrary, I think this experiment is a ROUSING success. Not only did he create a robot with emotions, but he created a PATHOLOGICAL robot.

This is like, the exact plot of Robocop 2 lololol

pretty sure all the news stories are fake on the linked site. but it has probably happened somewhere...

FAKE!!!!!?

Ok, follow the link to the story. It says the robot would "make simple, but insistent, inquiries about the doll". But it later goes on to say that "Kenji uses only pre-recorded dog and cat noises to communicate."

So I'm calling bullshit. Plus that guinea pig story thats linked after that story sounds like a load of horse shit as well. But I love horse shit. I eat balls of horse shit for breakfast.

Maybe if it looked like Naomi Armitage, it wouldn't so bad.

I thought the robot would show love by allegedly repeatedly smacking Rihanna in the face and chocking her into unconciousness.

this happened to me once.
My dad didn't want me to go to summer camp.
so he turned into a robot and blocked the door.

To all guys named John Connor: Now is the time to prepare!

pfft whatever. My girlfriend pulled the same kind of crap when I tried to leave her house. Give this robot some daddy issues and they might as well be related.

I did the same thing that i'd do if I saw this bastard - PEW PEW PEW! Now make me a sammich!

WE WILL NEVER LEARN.
At least Japan will be the first to go, sorry Japan, i love you, but ur all a little too damn crazy for your own good.

AHHHHHHHH! GW is right, I aint huggin' no damn robots , aint no way, no how

That's awesome. I just met my dream robot on RObOT MATCh.com. You too can fall for the android, bot, or terminator of your dreams as well.

This is NSFW for R2D2.I'm not going to clean up the mesh after he sees this!

Time to find the newly invented Violin playing robot again.

Did it play like hell.

I bet you it did.

I think this is just miscommunication. After all, even between people, there is a fine line between flirting and sexual harassment. It's all in the eyes of the victim, er, something...

WHY WON'T YOU LOVE ME???

31- Because you're freakishly tall?

FAKE!!!!

This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back DOwn where Max built a cyborg to help him around the shop. It was eventually reprogrammed as a human relations cyborg, and was fluent in a shitload of languages. Eventually MAx became Darth Vader.

I'm thinking that we would all be having a different reaction the robot were in the true life silicon Pandora Peaks doll body, and insisting you go around the world with her before she let you out.

Not that I'd want them to build that or anything.

Maybe you will not want a humanoid robot lover but I bet that you will want dozen of realistic dinossaur robot lovers

It's BALLS. Jesus, be a responsible journalist.
It's a robot that can lift disabled humans. No love or hugging bullshit.
http://www.bmc.riken.jp/~RI-MAN/index_us.html

they are trying to built a Zettai Kareshi? like Naito in the serial drama?

the story has already been reported as fake on other blogs like gizmodo

“Despite our initial enthusiasm, it has become clear that Kenji’s impulses and behavior are not entirely rational or genuine,” conceded Dr. Takahashi.

yeah... I think your problem is that you succeeded too well. Seriously, in what way is love rational? if anything, love is the abandonment of logic for an unpredictable but desired outcome. great idea to try and emulate an emotion that you don't really understand in the first place. you'd think they'd have a few psychologists on their team...

nice post...................

What a great way to start the process of a self thinking Robot.Leave it to mankind to keep playing with Fire.Time will tell.

It's a hoax, there's nothing about it on any popular robotics websites, and Muckflash is a spoof news site like the Onion. Gizmodo recognized this, that thing in the picture is a medical bot made to lift up injured or immobile people and take them to safety.

I really think this entry wins specifically because of that crafty, kick-ass (literally) insult. It was seriously full of WIN.

-b

Are you kidding me?!
That thing helping injured people and moving them to safety? looks more like it's bending that poor girl in half Mortal Kombat style!
I predict a plethora of lawsuits...given that anyone survives

Stop mixing this fake robot news in with the REAL robot news! This kind of stuff desensitizes people to the real robot nightmares being created out there!

Ok, it may be fake but...

Look at this: http://www.exploravision.org/winners/regional-winners-2007.php

Look at the first photo: There she is, Dr. Akiko Takahashi (Toshiba), working in robotics.

The end is nigh

Have you guessed the name of Billy's planet? It was earth!

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!!!

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As interesting as this may seem, it's fake. The website you've got the story from write sensational but completely made up stories. Look at any story and then look up and name or company referenced and you'll find that they don't exist.

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I never find these threads when they are new, but I love adding my two cents. Give it a rest, both those who are afraid they will be fooled by robot-love or those who want to "program love" into robots. It is simply not real. There is no way to "program love", nor intelligence, and if you think someone did then you do not comprehend the difference between intelligence and programmatic AI. I am into programming deep, and there is NO way to put intelligence in a program because it is simply follow instructions without deciding anything for itself. When you think it decided for itself, it was still only following programming instructions, and that is not intelligence. It's all about terminology though. If someone wants to try to corrupt language by saying "love" is wanting to keep someone, then go to. It does not change what love means.

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