Humanoids in Eve no Jikan - 125056 eve_no_jikan headphones sammyTechnology is a wonderful and frightening thing. As beautiful as the solutions and salvation it brings, as dangerous can it be when the borders between humans and robotics fade. Will we someday treat robots as equals? Or will we have to fight for our rights in a world where robots rule?

Of course the latter seems a bit farfetched and is unlikely to happen. Robots will always be a human creation. That doesn’t exclude the fact that robots will be able to make other robots. With less human interference.

Eve no Jikan shows us a futuristic reality where robots are almost indistinguishable from humans. The only thing that separates them from humans, is the halo that floats above the robot’s head. But once the halo disappears, the robot looks exactly like a human. Blending in perfectly with the crowds, interacting like any other.

Being indistinguishable from humans, brings room for debate. One could argue that technosexuality is unavoidable within this situation. Humans could choose a humanoid partner instead of a human partner. Stopping propagation in the human cycle. Overdeveloping robots could mean cracks within a fragile moral society. The results for lawmaking in who may marry who, will be questioned. And when a robot reaches humanoid realms and thinks and feels like a human, should it have right to social benefits? Or perhaps get ‘healthcare’ to fix itself. On the other hand, how will we address robots when they are near or as equal as humans. Calling it an ‘it’ would be an insult.

Many different questions arise in the determination if robots will be equal to humans. What is certain, is that technology won’t come to a grinding halt. It will continue to develop and grow into devices that can match or surpass humans.

The development of more human-like robots also has its benefits. With the ageing population on the rise, robots can fulfill social needs. They will be able to interact and provide care for those who need it. It can prevent a shortage on the labor market within certain fields.

With the rapid development of robots, it is wise to think ahead about what this holds for our future. It all seems great and will bring great advancement for the human race. But we tend to overlook the fact that some jobs can only be done by humans, or should be done by humans. When robots replace everything we do, the argument about what the purpose will be in life, will enter the spotlight more than ever before.


7 thoughts on “Humanoids in Eve no Jikan

  1. infinitezenith says:

    Incidentally, have you read Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot? In particular, there are many parallels between Robbie, or A Strange Play Fellow and Eve no Jikan, both in terms of characterisation and the societies. I have a review on my old website that draws out some of these comparisons.

    I mainly present there that after reading Robbie, or A Strange Play Fellow, my perspectives on Eve no Jikan changed completely. The anime suddenly went from being a good one to being a masterpiece 🙂

    • ninetybeats says:

      I haven’t read that book, but the title implies to the movie that was released. The setting in which Eve no Jikan portrayed different developments within robotics, had a really unique feel. In your post on your site you mentioned chobits very briefly. But the emphasis on Chobits was very much on technophilia, thanks to the rapid development of techology. And chobits made some odd plot twists that trivialized its main plot, or tried to give it some action touch, where it actually wasn’t needed. Eve no Jikan did a better job on that behalf.

  2. Moonlitasteria says:

    My number one favorite anime film of all time. Watched it three times and always find something new the next viewing that I missed the previous times. Holds some relevance today with most people finding issue with automatons doing jobs they used to. Albeit, most people lack the skill set required or the jobs are way too hazardous anyway. Although, I am surprised as many times they made allusions to Isaac Asimov it didn’t go into the “Uncanny Valley” concept more or Affective computing. Think the film fell short in that regard, but nonetheless, doesn’t make it any less great than it is.

    • ninetybeats says:

      It is true that some jobs are better suited for robots than humans. I mentioned it briefly though, as the main focus was to adress the rapid development of robots and technology. And I didn’t see the movie, but the episode version.
      Thanks for your reply, I appreciate the feedback:p

      • Moonlitasteria says:

        I heard there was the ONA episodic version, but I always went the film release. Not sure if their are any major differences, but guess I check for myself, unless you or anyone else would happen to know. Yeah, I was touching on it a bit myself, since you covered it so wonderfully. However, as you said, their are jobs that humans are still needed to do. Besides, I am not sure if their are machines/robots that can repair themselves when they need maintenance or for that matter, supervise themselves accordingly. If they can do that in the near future, their maybe is much need for human intervention, but I doubt that will happen. Not sure how people would feel about a robot president, lol.

        And no problem. Always a pleasure to read from your site.

      • ninetybeats says:

        I haven’t seen the movie either. But I feel that an episodic version can get its point across in more time than a movie can.
        Well robotics are going quite fast nowadays. They are able to communicate with languages they’ve developed themselves. Plus there are materials coming up that are able to communicate with each other and change shape. As they are all in a conceptual phase, the possibility is there. If materials can communicate, the step for robots to communicate and shape each other to fit certain needs is a little less far away.
        Good to hear people appreciate what I write, I try my heardest to make an interesting post:p

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