Read below an article as published in Hindustan Times- HT City- 18th May, 2010. The entire article has been produced for Reader’s Benefit. I could not hold my thoughts down; and have typed them up here. The images could not be added for these “virtual” thoughts..
(source: HT- 17th May, 2010)
Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, except the wedding conductor. She was bolted to her chair. But this was no ordinary conductor. I-Fairy, was the 4-foot (1.5-meter) tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails, that led the ceremony at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo on Sunday.
This was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, said its manufacturer Kokoro Co. “Please lift the bride’s veil,” said the robot in a tinny voice, waving its arms in the air as the newlyweds kissed in front of 50 guests. The I-Fairy wore a wreath of flowers and directed a rooftop ceremony.
Wires led out from beneath it to a black curtain a few feet away, where a man crouched and clicked commands into a computer.“This was a lot of fun. I think that Japanese have a strong sense that robots are our friends,” said bride Satoko Inoue, 36, who works at manufacturer Kokoro.
“It would be nice if the robot was a bit more clever, but she is very good at expressing herself,” said new husband Tomohiro Shibato, 42, a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in central Japan.The I-Fairy sells for about 6.3 million yen ($68,000) and three are in use in Singapore, the US and Japan.
We aren’t far away from this wedding-
I am invited to a Grand Wedding Bash at one of the Jupiter Moons (or whatever planet the invitees may have voted for through sms). The dress code is completely sci- fi with chunk metals as accessories of the satellite designs and other planetariumic instruments.
The customary Pundit who performs the marriage rituals for the Bride and Groom is replaced with a holocaust image. One gets to choose from a young or an old man, a face with a frown or smile, even occasionally giving a sheepish look or two at the couple to be married. He may be wearing the glasses of your preferred brand or be the traditional pot- bellied version. His robe could be any shade from light orange to dark vermillion or even yellowish orange, or would you prefer white dhoti- kurta..? I dare not say it may be a woman or the culture cops would poof me into the “null void chamber”
A dolby- digital surround sound rants the chants through the image. The couple gets to sit (or circle) around a glass cube with controlled fireworks. They go up one by one in that glass dome (or cube or whatever shape you may have opted for); the ignition is completely controlled electronically and would go off in a synchronized pattern. The Bride and the Groom’s outfit keeps changing their color with each spark up in the air oh, I mean in the glass sphere; that would be the “havan kund..”
The flower petals rain down along with the glitters and various perfumes down the hall. Though there’s a non showering area too for the less adventurous guests; I prefer to be in the glitter zone, so what if I end up looking straight out of one of the Glitter Graphics page? The dais would whirl around and the groom and the bride would show off her designer dress which may be an ensemble worn in layers or may be mixed matched with different accessories.. For all the 7 whirls, she would show the different combination of her wedding dress..
Did I tell you about the invitation “dial”? I received a ring with a stone that changes color with a touch on its tiny control panel. It’s a small pinhole that if pinned, would project a touch screen about the size of your TV screen (the basic 21” please) and let you run your fingers through the Menu. It would show the Ganesha first, that’s how Indian weddings happen- with Ganshu as the 1st Lord to be worshipped before the beginning of any auspicious ceremony. The next screen would sit you through 30 seconds of not so glamorous parents of the girl and boy inviting you personally to mark your “gracious” presence. The next screen would show a demure girl and a confident guy “trying” to look at each other.. and their would be mundane announcements of the wedding place location, the shuttle you would need to “catch” along with the name of the event managers if you would touch that “more” button after the formal invitation.
You would also have a choice to download it in a DVD and “hack” such invites and modify them to use it personally without paying the software company (LOL).
The number of capsules gifted would mark the bride’s family affluence. A capsule would turn any planet into a survivable place for the newly wed to start their race of species.. There are no more man made Geographical limits now, no more requirement of an atmosphere envelope to sustain; and the capsule itself “makes” the rivers and the oceans. The not so rich would then be sent to that other planet to cohabitate that solid mass soil and turn it into the Planet no- X. The not so rich gift a different capsule (at the time of their wedding) that when “burst- ed” open, gives employment opportunity news; i.e., which planet has any new or old couple gone to who may be wanting to seek others’ help in getting the roads and malls fixed. This capsule has inbuilt software that updates all information automatically real- time. Needless to mention, the Richman’s capsule also has one that gives the latest innovation updates despite the fact when they were bought. Yes, these are modern day investments now..
Oh, now that the dais has taken all 7 whirls, can we have sweets please? All you need to do is touch those hovering saucers in that corner area and it would scan your height and lower itself to your probable arm- length. The saucers hovering down at 2 feet level are for kids… The sweets keep changing their color and texture with every bite..
Do you know where would the couple go for their Honeymoon..? To the earth.. That’s a dead planet and is supposed to have germinated life in the entire of the not anymore expanding universe. Now that the scientists have discovered how Life form came into existence, and that how many Universe exist till date and that how the debris of black hole result in yet another universe, and that the area out of the Universe is only an unending surround- ment of “null void zone” full of what we now call as Aliens, they are busy finding out why the life vanished from “Earth”