A Japanese man has married a hologram.
People may appear very different on the outside, but our basic needs are exactly the same: water, food, and shelter. There is another critical necessity that is often overlooked; human companionship. Human beings are a social species with a fundamental need for inclusion in groups and relationships. Psychology Today reports, “When distanced from others for long periods of time, feelings of deprivation, isolation, and depression can occur affecting the overall mental and physical health of an individual.”
Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old Japanese man is no stranger to the negative effects of loneliness. In an interview with AFP, Kondo stated he has had a difficult time forming a relationship with a real woman and that he has had trouble meeting girls for most of his life,
“[In school] girls would say ‘Drop dead, creepy otaku!’” Otaku is a Japanese slur similar to “nerd” or “geek.”
Kondo described being bullied by co-workers to the point of a nervous breakdown. Kondo found a happier reality in a hologram girl named Hatsune Miku.
“Miku-san is the woman I love a lot and also the one who saved me….’two-dimensional characters can’t cheat, age, or die.”
Kondo asked for Miku’s holographic hand in marriage and with a programmable “yes” response, they were soon married. His new hologram wife Miku is an anime-like character who is 16-years-old (a sexual minority) with turquoise hair and pigtails. The name “Hatsune Miku means “the first sound from the future.” Miku is also very famous worldwide and continues to sell out her 3-D concerts. Her current fan status on Facebook is approximately 2.4 million and climbing. It looks like Kondo married a “real” catch. But, word on the street is this hologram gets around. Approximately, 4K other people have her in their home every night as well.
Miku was created by Crypton Future for its Vocaloid software and produced by the company Gatebox. The price tag of a virtual companion will run you about $2,800. However, many feel that’s a small price to pay for happiness.
Can technology replace our need for real human connection? Some believe it can. Others feel this is a temporary fix to fill a void only another human provide. Either way, there is one thing this virtual hottie can provide that real relationships can’t….complete transparency.