A Japanese man made the news this week when he married a holographic version of an anime character. He had a formal wedding ceremony with invited guests, white tux and a reception afterwards. The hologram is capable of simple greetings and can also turn the lights on and off. People online are referring to the groom as “digi-sexual” and saying it’s a new trend in people relating to their artificial intelligence devices in addition to their human interactions.
The young man actually makes a compelling argument for how he feels when he interacts with the hologram and that it’s made a difference in his life. Hard to argue with that, although I’m not sure I’d want a relationship in which I completely control every variable. But it’s his life and his marriage isn’t a legally binding contract, so if he meets another holographic anime character that he likes better, he can move on fairly easily.
Imagine your current spouse/relationship (if you have one) doesn’t exist. What cartoon character would YOU choose to marry?