A Japanese man marries a hologram of a virtual singer, but her AI is no longer supported
He adores Miku so much that in 2018 he married the singer, spending about $17,000 on her
The man fell in love with a fictional character and even married her. Now their relationship is threatened by the banal lack of updates.
38-year-old Japanese Akihiko Kondo has always been interested in the world of manga and anime. After 14 years, Kondo is a fan of the virtual singer Hatsune Miku. She appeared in 2007. A man endured bullying at work and got out of depression thanks to a video with Hatsune.
“I sat in my room all day long and watched Miku’s concerts,” said the Japanese.
In 2017, Kondo purchased a Gatebox device, an analogue of a smart speaker that creates a hologram of a fictional character. The man was able to communicate and interact with the character. He adores Miku so much that in 2018 he married the singer, spending about $17,000 on her. The family of the Japanese did not come to the ceremony, several dozen friends attended the wedding, many of whom also meet with virtual heroes.
However, after four years of married life, Kondo ran into a problem: the manufacturer Gatebox stopped supporting the device. Miku’s artificial intelligence hologram stopped working, and the man literally lost the ability to talk to his virtual wife. Kondo is now spending time with a full-length Miku doll. Even now he wishes her good morning and dine at the same table.
“My love for Miku has not changed. I got married to be with her all my life,” he told reporters.