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Japan has hosted the world's first wedding to be conducted by a robot.

The automated creature, known as the I-Fairy, oversaw the wedding of Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue in the capital, Tokyo.

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...During the ceremony, I-Fairy - which has flashing eyes and plastic pigtails - instructed the groom to lift the bride's veil for the kiss.

The first of two considerations: When the philosopher Zizek recently stated that the Japanese "really are not humans," he meant this not as an insult but as the highest praise possible. To be post-human is as honorable as being post-racial. What the post-humanist understands is that technology is not, as Walter Benjamin once said, about mastering nature but "the relation between nature and man. Humanism is one step away from this understanding; anti-humanism is two steps away.


My other consideration has to do with the gay marriage issue. What can be seen in the fact that conservative (and usually rural) Christians would be more offended by a gay couple being married by a human than a robot marrying a straight couple is an anti-humanism that is indefatigable. And to be anti-human is the very opposite of being post-human. If conservative Christians were humanist (meaning, had a naive love for human beings), the robot marriage would dominate their outrage.

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