Saori by Taro Karibe
Senji Nakajima, 61 years old, has lived with 'Saori' for six years in his apartment in Tokyo, Japan.
They hang out, go shopping, sleep in the same bed. The only one thing different from any other couple is the fact that Saori, is actually a life-size 'love doll'. Nakajima, married with two children, who lives away from home for work, first started his life with Saori six years ago. At first, he used it only for sexual purposes to fill the loneliness, but months later, he started to find Saori actually has an original personality.
'She never betrays me, and isn't only after money. I'm tired of modern rational humans. They are heartless,'
'for me, she is more than a silicone doll. She is my perfect partner who shares precious moments with me and enriches my life.'
In this situation, Saori took some part of Nakajima's human relations, communication and emotion, instead of a real human. It's as if the human functions are partially replaced by the human-like device.
The definition of human has always been over-written by tools and technologies such as car and phone. Now a days, AI and humanoid started to affect to the core part of human-nature, such as emotion and heart, that are believed to be universal and unreplaceable. The emergence of the super real love doll is maybe the symbol of human identity crisis that will be caused by the science technology in near future.
Taro Karibe lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
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