WEEK 4. Robots and Androids
Today we'll talk about robot figures in anime as metaphors for how we figure out the world
Robot figures reflect our worldview and serve as а metaphor to help us talk about these three issues:
Labor anxieties
What is it like to be human?
Are we robots?
There are two problems of using robots:
Exploitation
the correlation between care and power
Displacement
human's fear to become useless and lose their jobs being pushed aside by robots
For example, Sammy is presented as an exploited servant, the mother of the family. Likewise, many androids take on the roles of subordinated wives, slaves and employees

Stories about robots help us navigate the relationships of power and care that we are in. They emphasize getting along.
Anime reflects the current fears of displacement. Many people are afraid that the evolution of AI may make robots efficient enough to replace human workers. This is why "Time of Eve" is particularly relevant to the contemporary moment.
For example, we see a newspaper featuring an article saying teachers will be replaced by robots. The characters struggle with the fear of displacement. The deepest fear of Masaki's father is that the robot has replaced him in his son's heart. Rikuo feels displaced by a robot piano player.
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We are humans because we can wonder and love
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We are humans because we can wonder and love

Why is it important to prove that robots can love? It'll help us understand if we are robots. All around us, more and more scientific researches claim that we act automatically, we are not in control and we have no choice. So are we really robots, then?
Why is it important to prove that robots can love? It'll help us understand if we are robots. All around us, more and more scientific researches claim that we act automatically, we are not in control and we have no choice. So are we really robots, then?