Japan Takes Robot Love Even Further

Oh Japan, what will you think of next. Yesterday, for the first time ever, a robot presided over a wedding in Japan, naturally. The bride wore white, the robot wore a crown of white flowers.

A four-foot-tall plastic robot with pigtails called “I-Fairy” officiated at the wedding of Satoko Inoue and Tomohiro Shibata. The robot commanded the groom to “please lift the bride’s veil” in a charming robot voice, but the little robot wasn’t as independent as it may have seemed to the 50 guests at the Tokyo wedding. Wires led from the robot officiant to a man behind a black curtain who typed in commands for I-Fairy.

The bride, Inoue, works for a robot manufacturer, and the husband, Shibata, is a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. “This was a lot of fun. I think that Japanese have a strong sense that robots are our friends,” the bride said. The I-Fairy retails for $68,000, which is far more than it costs to get a non-robot friend to get some sketchy online certification to serve as your wedding officiant.

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