What do you think of the idea of getting emotional support from a robot in your old age? The Japanese have come up with a robot seal designed for just such a purpose. Now, it's a technological marvel, a lovely thing - I just had to watch the video a second time - but... Maybe it's me. Maybe it's my hang-ups, or my ego, or whatever - but isn't the idea of having a robot take care of your emotional needs a bit bleak? One of the things that I think makes emotional support work for me is that I know the person is choosing to give me it, that they care about me or at least they're being nice. I'm just not sure it would work as well for me if I knew it was a robot programmed to act as if it cared because the demographic time bomb meant that they couldn't even afford to pay a real human to pretend to care. Is that just me being prejudiced? I don't know. I do have history here - I find it rewarding to know that people read this and less rewarding to know that robots are reading this. Because I know the robots aren't really reading it as such and certainly aren't appreciating it on the same level as the people. I hope. I'm not sure I'd like it if I knew that the robots were getting more out of it than the people. What a bigot I am.
Some sociologist has shared his wisdom with us - the five lessons he has learned from life. Some of them aren't worth picking apart, but some of them... one of them is "Question everything". This is stupid. Life is very short, and what a waste it would be if we questioned everything. Here is what It Is What It Is would be like every day if I followed his advice. Am I really typing this? Are these really fingers? Do I really have hands, and if so are they attached to me arms? Do I really exist? Is there really any such thing as the internet? Did I really stop typing there to say goodnight to someone on twitter or was I imagining it? Is Doctor Who a real person who is watching me, a fictional character, typing this? If so, what is the actor who plays me really like? Bollocks to that. Sociologist, you are a fool.
Some people have been jailed for a one million pound cannabis ring. These gangster rappers wear some ridiculous stuff, don't they? I suppose they've got a cocaine necklace as well. What's wrong with a nice brooch of a butterfly or something? And not a butterfly made of crack - a normal, decent one. There's nothing clever about drugs. Except those clever ones that you take before an exam or something. why don't the gangster rappers wear jewellery made of those? I think all gangster rappers should get me to design their costumes. Just imagine it!
that's all from me for now
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