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Published:May 16th, 2010 10:26 EST

Robot Conducts Wedding In Tokyo! Good Idea?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair.
The nuptials at this ceremony were led by "I-Fairy," a 4-foot (1.5-meter) tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails. Sunday`s wedding was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, according to manufacturer Kokoro Co."
It should come as no surprise that this wedding took place in Japan, the country with the most advanced robotics industries in the world. American robots are like Rock Em Sock Em robots compared to the Japanese models. The United States should be supporting robotics research, or we will never catch up with the Japanese in this important field.
In Las Vegas many couples are married by Elvis Presley impersonators, why not be married by a robot?  The I-Fairy robot isn`t as gauche or tacky as an Elvis wannabe.
If Kokoro Co. sells the robot in America the name should be changed, "fairy" has an unfortunate connotation in the States, and only campy dudes from San Francisco would buy it.
Marriages conducted by robots might become popular, it`s better than having a smarmy preacher or a tacky Elvis impersonator officiating at the most important event of your life.

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