Yotaro is a computerized, robotic baby who giggles, coos, cries, and lights up. And Hiroki Kunimura, project leader for the robot, thinks he has found the solution to Japan's low birth rate.
I doubt it, dude.
Because what does Yotaro leave out? Pregnancy.
And what really makes a woman want to be pregnant?
To think only of the baby and how it will coo and be adorable seems to me a bit like a bride who thinks only of the wedding and not the marriage. The physical changes to a pregnant mother are huge: The skin stretches, hormones go crazy, breasts fill with milk. There is no way to prepare for any of it.
Getting me to go through all of that takes a lot more than an adorable baby. I wanted to be a parent. Having an adorable baby, after all, is only one part of the equation.
In my case, becoming a parent meant sharing my body for four years (and still going). I was pregnant for 18 months total over a three-year period and then nursed my first for a year and my second for almost two (and still going).
A robot can cry and "sleep" and even get hungry, but it just cannot replicate the physical sea-change the mother will experience when she decides to become a parent. For that, she would be better off training for a triathlon.
What motivated you to become a parent? Did you do any physical preparation for birth?