A consequence of technological development is rising numbers of socially reclusive people who substitute technology for real human interaction. In Japan, this phenomenon is quite prevalent.
At the same time, Japan has also experienced a severe decline in birth rates for decades. The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicts the population will fall from 127 million to about 88 million by 2065.
Concerned by the declining birth rate, the Japanese government announced it would pour two billion yen into an artificial intelligence-based matchmaking system.
The debate on digital and robotic “love” is highly polarized, much like most major debates in the history of technology. Usually, consensus is reached somewhere in the middle.
But in this debate, it seems the technology is advancing faster than we are approaching a consensus. A person must remain in control, with technology enhancing our experiences.