The emergence of ‘fictosexuals’ and its reverberations4 min read 18 May 2022, 10:26 PM IST
The existence of people forming intimate bonds with fictional folks could give the AI industry a big opportunity
Recent media reports about the wedding of a Japanese man named Akihiko Kondo with a virtual pop singer named Hatsune Miku raised many an eyebrow. According to The New York Times, Kondo is one of thousands of people in Japan who married fictional characters in recent decades. Tens of thousands more around the globe have joined online groups where they discuss their commitment to characters from anime, manga and video games. There are even hotels in Tokyo that have special rates for people who want to spend a night with their beloved character.
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