In a brief conversation, a bit reminiscent of Morinosuke Kawaguchi's "Why we Japanese love to humanize everything" TED talk form last summer, Geminoid-F maker Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro explains the roots of Japan's love for humanoid robots.
“Everything is equal. We have no borders between robots and people,” explains Osamu Kozaki, a robotics engineer whose girlfriend of three years is actually an artificially intelligent 16-year-old who exists only in a video game called Love Plus. “In the foreign stories, robots are always the enemies. In Japan, they’re our friends.”