Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Have You Tried Not Making Sexy Robots?: Male Gaze in Time of Eve

Time of Eve is a science fiction anime about a near-future in which androids are in common usage, and secretly becoming self-aware. If you haven't seen it and you have an hour and forty minutes to kill right now, you can watch it here. (I'll wait.)



Rather than go the robot uprising route, the series depicts androids as something somewhere between second-class citizens and slaves - all the androids have been purchased by a human master for some purpose as a housekeeper or babysitter or some kind of assistant. Androids follow and wear a holographic ring hovering over their head to distinguish them from people, from whom they are physically indistinguishable. What the series does with this is explore the implications of artificial intelligence in human society and their three laws-inspired motivations (mainly how do you factor "do not harm a human" when dealing with different types of emotional harm?), but it's that last point - how they're physically indistinguishable - that I want to talk about.

All Points Bulletin: Lucky Frog Syndrome

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer



ZEST AT JW3: 341-351 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON NW3 (020 7433 8955). MEAL FOR TWO, WITH DRINKS AND SERVICE: EUR70-EUR90

Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer



ZEST AT JW3: 341-351 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON NW3 (020 7433 8955). MEAL FOR TWO, WITH DRINKS AND SERVICE: EUR70-EUR90

Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer



ZEST AT JW3: 341-351 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON NW3 (020 7433 8955). MEAL FOR TWO, WITH DRINKS AND SERVICE: EUR70-EUR90

Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer



ZEST AT JW3: 341-351 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON NW3 (020 7433 8955). MEAL FOR TWO, WITH DRINKS AND SERVICE: EUR70-EUR90

Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer



ZEST AT JW3: 341-351 FINCHLEY ROAD, LONDON NW3 (020 7433 8955). MEAL FOR TWO, WITH DRINKS AND SERVICE: EUR70-EUR90