With all the developments in the field of robotics over the last few years, GQ sent author Jon Ronson out into the field to conduct a series of interviews with these chatty bots and see what he could learn from them. For the most part, the conversations were stilted and confused, with bits of humor and lots of head scratching. Look, robots have a long way to go before they're going to get their own talk show.
But one troubling detail did emerge, which even Ronson seemed to overlook. While interviewing the fembot Aiko, the personal passion project (and possible girlfriend) of science genius Le Trung, who funded her creation by maxing out his own credit cards, the robot let slip what her favorite movie was. And, as much as we'd hoped for Bicentennial Man, there was no such luck.
Aiko, perhaps unsurprisingly, loves 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hmmm, now what do we think she loves about that movie? The hallucinatory imagery? The mind-expanding subtext? The classic score? Or, maybe, just maybe, the sinister robot that tries to kill every human in comes in touch with?
Now, if you were on a date, and a guy mentioned that his favorite movie was Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, don't you think a red flag or two might go up? So, while we're happy that Aiko is a Kubrick fangirl, we reserve our right to be absolutely terrified about what that favorite flick means.