China has a new high tech breakthrough Robot wives! Is this the future of technology? Or another dystopian nightmare. This is China Uncensored. I’m Chris Chappell. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest China news, and click the notification bell so you getan alert each time we publish a new episode. China is trying to lead the world in tech. And apparently that includes building robotwives. This report from Chinese media Sohu is called “a robot wife has been created, so you don’t need to marry a real wife inthe future.
” It says Chinese scientists have created realistic looking female robots that can even do chores. Of course, like some reports about breakthroughs in Chinese technology, this might be a little premature. Those robot wives look like they can barelymove, so I’m not sure how good they’re goingto be at unloading the dishwasher.
Which is the true test of a successful marriage. Also this report doesn’t exactly say whichinstitution or tech company is building robot wives. But that last robot is called Jia Jia. She—or it—was created by a team of scientists at the University of Science and Technologyin China. They call her a robot goddess. “Have you had dinner? Eat whatever you like and treat yourself better.” Eat whatever I want and feel good about myself?! Wow, she is the perfect woman! And guess what? According to the Daily Mail, they programmed her to call them ‘lord.’ “Hello” “Hello my lord, how are you?” Ok, to be fair, like some things in the DailyMail, that’s a little bit inaccurate. She’s actually calling him her owner. Much better. But still, it’s incredible. Because they’ve successfully made a three dimensional female robot as one dimensional as possible.
Now Jia Jia is capable of matching lip movements to voice, and can recreate micro-expressions that are super uncanny valley. Still better looking than this. Yeah, I’m actually glad I ain’t never had a friend like him. Or a friend like this guy. “A 31 year old software engineer in China was tired of feeling pressure to get married so he built his own robot bride.” Now marrying a robot is not legal in China. At least not yet. But there’s a reason why there could eventuallybe a push for robot wives in China. Because of something called the One ChildPolicy.
For decades, the Communist Party only let Chinese people have one child, with some minor exceptions. Since boys were preferred, girls were sometimes aborted, or killed after birth, or abandoned. What that means today is this: “In absolute numbers, there are 33 million more men than women in China today.” Now you can imagine the kind of social problems that can cause. And in the grand scheme of things, maybe robot brides are a slightly less-badidea than say… forcing Uighur women to marry Han Chinesemen. Or sex trafficking women from Southeast Asia. And North Korea. But robotic companions are going to create a whole slew of other problems for every country, not just the authoritarian ones.
For instance, celebrity copyright. In Hong Kong, Ricky Ma, despite having no background in robotics, spend 50 thousand dollars to build a Scarlett Johansson robot. “Mark One, how do you feel about Ricky? I really love you, because you is my creator.” That’s disgusting. I hate bad grammar. Oh yeah, and the fact that this is literally objectifying women. Not to mention— how would the real Scarlett Johansson feelabout this? Because at the end of the day, we know what these robot wives will be usedfor. As Quartz so delicately puts it, “Ricky built the Mark One to be anatomicallycorrect.” Yup. And so the real question is, as the New York Times asks, can robots give consent? I hate everything. But seriously, this isn’t happening justin China. This Frenchwoman said she was engaged to a 3D printed robot she designed herself, telling media, “I’m really and only attractedby the robots.
” I guess you could say the French woman… surrendered to the pressures of dating? And this Japanese man married a hologram. Kondo’s bride is a 16-year-old with saucer eyes and aquaremine pigtails, but Kondo considers himself an ordinary marriedman. He told the Japan Times he considers himself a sexual minority facing discrimination, “It’s simply not right. It’s as if you were trying to talk a gayman into dating a woman, or a lesbian into a relationship with a man.”
According to the New York Times, these, “pioneers of human-android romance now have a name, ‘digisexuals.’” I will never look at Digimon the same wayagain. And it might not be too far off that people can actually marry robots. But the point is, someday soon, there could be a global market for robot wives. And like any other emerging tech market, China wants to be at the forefront. Because of all the potential for espionage and blackmail! Unfortunately, that’s not a joke. Already, people are worried that even a Chinese made Metro line could spy on people. Imagine what hackers could do to a made-in-China robot wife that lives in your home.
As one China expert told the Epoch Times, “If further developments of this product include espionage functions, such as eavesdropping and taking videos, the user will have a live monitor in the residence.” And I thought Alexa was creepy. So if you’re worried about Chinese telecom company Huawei building your 5G network… …it might not be too long before we start seeing countries like the US banning Chinese made robot wives over national security concerns.
Yes. The future is here. And it is stupid. On the plus side, at least there’s no waytechnology could actually replace real women. Wait, what’s that Shelley? They have artificial wombs now?! Well, what do you think about China’s robotwives? And before you go, now is the time when I answer a question from a member of my loyal 50-Cent Army— fans who support the show through the crowd funding website Patreon. Zhou Rui asks, “Am I the only one that thinks it’s odd that the CCP believes it is OK to debt trap countries into “99 year leases” of part of their country? Why is this OK? In Chinese history this was part of their “Century of humiliation”.
So is it OK to humiliate debtor countries in the same way? That’s actually a pretty deep question. So the Century of Humiliation is a period in Chinese history when Chinese people felt they were losing their place in the world to encroaching foreign powers.
Many of those were Western powers, but also Japan. Tens of millions of Chinese people died fromwar, or drugs, or famine. Basically, China suffered a lot because ofimperialism. But today, the Century of Humiliation is mainly brought up as a propaganda tool by the Communist Party. The goal is to get Chinese people to redirect their anger at literally anythingelse, as long as it’s not the Communist Party. Remember, the Communist Party wasn’t even in power during the Century of Humiliation. But the Party is perfectly happy to learn from all the tactics used against China back then, and use them today— in its dealings with other countries
. Although they pay lip service to standing with other countries who are “victims of Western imperialism,” in the end, the Chinese Communist Party is going to do everything it can to stay in power, even if that means taking advantage of these other nations along the way. Thanks for your question Zhou Rui. And if you’d like to hear your question answered on the show, sign up to support China Uncensored on the crowd funding website Patreon. It’s less than the cost of your daily cupof coffee. Thanks for watching this episode of ChinaUncensored. Once again I’m Chris Chappell, see you next time!