Imponderable #4: Tokyo Japan

7 Jul

July 7, 2011

Japan strikes again

I’ve covered the cyberhug before. And while not everyone agrees with me, I still say Japan is nuts. If there is a wacky computer product or bizarre sex video the odds are it comes from Japan. Whether it is a game based on urinating, an elderly porn star, or an electronic French kiss, it is clear that the Japanese have some issues to work through.

I don’t see the attraction of tongue kissing my computer. Of course I also get out of my house and interact with real people from time to time so I may not be in the target audience for this thing.

I also worry about the possibility of electrocution.

The researchers are working to replicate an individual’s taste, breathing, and tongue moisture, but since they want to create “celebrity” kissing apps, will they have to replicate each star’s specific bad breath and body odor? Could we one day have the ability to experience Robert De Niro’s tobacco breath in our mouth? Lindsey Lohan’s stink after a drunken binge? And popular and funny she may be, but would you want to tongue-kiss Betty White? Through a computer or not, there’s a limit.

And this being Japan, the potential for fetish is endless. I won’t get into it but in Japan you can buy used panties from a vending machine. ‘Nuff said.

I can only wonder about who comes up with this, but I wonder more about the volunteer who tests this.

Who is the person who is waiting for the day they can stick a straw in his mouth, kiss his computer, and pretend it is Ed Asner?

The question is Imponderable.

21 Responses to “Imponderable #4: Tokyo Japan”

  1. Thomas Stazyk July 7, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    This is way weirder than the cat ear thing. It’s scary to think where this technology could lead. Paradise by the laptop light?


    • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 12:13 am #

      Every step forward in technology is a step backward for interpersonal relationships.

      Yes, I get the irony of posting that comment.


      • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 2:51 am #

        $1000 says that the Japanese will invent fully interactive holographic ” partners ” based on anime characters mostly based on anime characters within 15 – 20 years ! With a tentacle – option for females !

        The Japanese….. are f—ing WEIRD, bless their nerdy li’l perverted hearts. ;D


        • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 3:04 am #

          I won’t touch that bet because you are 100% right, though I think it’ll be sooner than 15 years. BTW, by a total coincidence, tomorrow’s blog also deals with Japan, but a very different aspect- Kaiju.


          • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 3:17 am #

            Toto, I’ve a feeling we ain’t in Kansas anymore. All this tech, devoted to weird & shall we say ” exotic ” types of entertainment, rather than, say, safe alternative energy sources, artificial organs, communication tech., or hardy, drought – resistant crop plants, etc.

            Can’t wait for the next installment.


            • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 3:51 am #

              Sad truth is, the money is faster and easier in porn.


              • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 4:07 am #

                Follow the money – & the big bucks apparently lie in making robots & computers that you can f**k, rather than much of the items I mentioned earlier. As to cyber – sex, there’s nothing new or revolutionary about that. Just a variation on phone – sex. Not that I know anything about that….. 😉
                For some reason, the Japanese are positively MAD about robots, androids, persocoms ( basically a humanoid computer ), etc.


  2. JRD Skinner July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Within a week of this product going public there’s going to be a hilarious news article about someone entering an emergency room with rectal bleeding, after having misused a simulation of De Niro’s make-out technique.


    • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      People are going to invent some creative explanations to their doctors when this thing comes out.


      • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

        Sex with machines. See Technosexuals. Seriously.
        ” Electro – Gonorrhea – The Noisy Killer ” ( ” FUTURAMA ” ) !!


        • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

          It is scary because it is true.


          • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

            Like I said – Just look up technosexuals.


            • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

              I will but that’s a late at night when my resistance is low kind of thing.


              • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

                Think of it this way – people having virtual sex & maybe sex with a humanoid robot could be a roundabout way of enhancing the gene pool.


                • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

                  Yes, by weeding out those people who would have sex with robots.


                  • Daniel July 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

                    Then again, such interaction w / robots might be beneficial on some level to someone who was chronically socially awkward or inept, withdrawn, people with Asperger’s or agoraphobia, etc. I’m trying to look at both sides of the coin instead of being ” either / or “.


                    • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

                      OK, that’s a good point. I just hope it is a step toward human interaction and not a replacement for it.


      • bmj2k July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

        Seinfeld is alwasy ahead of the curve:


  3. Daniel July 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    ” a step towards human interaction and not a replacement ” – I kind of feel glad now about not getting into the whole ” Second Life ” thing. It sounds like a precursor to the holodecks of ” Star Trek : The Next Generation “, ” DS9 ” & ” Voyager ” & the V – World & holobands that the Caprica series used. Except that there are other people involved in ” real time “.


    • bmj2k July 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      This thread has been gnawing at me. I hope I don’t sound elitist about online stuff. Obviously I am a part of the online community. My worry is just that many people (putting aside the issue of Asperger’s and other conditions) use online interactions as replacements for face-to-face contact. Yes, there is a social component to virtual life games (if there are other players) and obviously message boards and other communications need real people, but those should stand side-by-side with real physical interaction in my point of view.


      • Daniel July 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

        Here’s my personal stand on virtual ” chat ” / message blog / ” Second Life ” – It’s okay, but the key is a little thing called MODERATION. Heaven knows I use my computer A LOT at times. But I take a break, even when I’ve no particular errand to run or other place to go ( & this little town hasn’t got many cultural or night – life spots ). I go to a sports bar at least twice a month that beloged to some friends of mine


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