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The Steven writes in the comments:
You say DIY bride, I think of Helen O’Loy by Lester Del Rey
Well, maybe you haven’t heard of ol’ Helen O’Loy either. O’Loy sounds a lot like Alloy, doesn’t it?
Spoiler Alert: Don’t read the wikipedia entry, it gives too much info.
Dave and Phil are two pals who spend a lot of time together. Although Dave is a robot repairman and Phil is a doctor, they become increasingly interested in building their own robotic housekeeper. Finally they produce “Lena”, a housekeeping robot who does a pretty good job of things, but she still lacks the common sense that comes from having emotions. After trying – and failing – with mechanical glands in Lena, they order a high quality Dillard’s robot to experiment with. The results are good, but a little bit too real as their new creation, Helen, falls madly in love with one of them.
Maybe you want to read it for yourself, then Google Books is your friend. Or if you want to hold a real atomic version, then you can have that too.
Read any good robofiction lately?
6 thoughts on “Helen O’Loy, the original DIY Bride?”
Robofact is much, much scarier.
So take the $200,000 automaton the Japanese are developing, put the machinery in a $7,000 “RealDoll”, and BAM! you got a rich geek’s dream date…
Uh, not only does the image source link go directly to more links of “machines-f****ng” and “f****ng machines”, but the image itself is shown as Hajime Sorayama’s work. KuiperCliff did not make this image. Sorayama really hit it big in the 80’s, and continues his work to this day. In 2007 it was found that his work was illegally dumped online, and he won a long court case just this past december. Please, for the respect of a world-renowned artist, please remove this image, or pay the man his due.
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