The First Stepford Wife

04 Apr

[courtesy Google Images]

[courtesy Google Images]

Wikipedia sez:


The Stepford Wives is a 1972 satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin. The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a  photographer and young mother who begins to suspect that the frighteningly submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighborhood may be robots created by their husbands. The book has had two feature film adaptations, both using the same title as the novel: the critically acclaimed 1975 version and the critically panned 2004 remake.

“While the 1975 film was a moderate success at the time of release, it has grown in stature as a cult film over the years.  Building upon the reputation of Levin’s novel, the term “Stepford” or “Stepford Wife” has become a popular science fiction concept and several sequels were shot, as well as a remake in 2004 using the same title, but rewritten as a comedy instead of a serious horror/thriller film.”

Well, the satire and comedy are missing from the video below.  This video recounts how one man fixated on actress Scarlett Johansson built a robot to look like her for $50,000.  I don’t know which is creepier:  the robot/Stepford-Wife or its inventor.

The American Divorce Attorneys’ Association is reportedly outraged that a viable Stepford Wife can be produced for just $50,000–less than the cost of a good divorce.  Divorce attorneys fear that as these robots become mass-produced, they’ll become so cheap that many American men will purchase a Stepford Wife rather than risk marrying an American woman and being later ruined by divorce.  If “I now pronounce you man and [Stepford] Wife,” catches on, the number of divorces will fall and many divorce attorneys will either starve or (worse) be forced to find honest jobs.

In all of this, I’m reminded of the aphorism, “Be careful what you wish for–you’ll get it.”   Perhaps that aphorism should be updated to say, “Be careful of what you imagine–it’ll happen.”  44 years ago, author Ira Levin imagined a fictional world where rich men might marry robots.  Today, we have just about reached a world where anyone can marry robots.  What we imagine today, can be reality tomorrow.

video   00:03:41



Posted by on April 4, 2016 in Humor, Robots


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8 responses to “The First Stepford Wife

  1. palani

    April 4, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    I can build a person for much less than anyone can produce a robot and since it doesn’t exist in reality I can imagine it to look like anyone I choose. Not only that but the person is not attached to the space-time of the universe, can go back in time, go forward in time and is not limited in geographic location or in lifespan. Try to make a robot do that!!!

    Courtrooms are seances where person(s) can be summoned and made to materialize so that they can help to assemble a record. No robot that I am aware of has ever received a summons to any court hence I am led to presume that a robot cannot be the creator of a person either.

  2. timmy

    April 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    What, did you want him to build a Hillary bot? Then it wouldn’t even need a… oh, never mind.

    • Ralph P. Torello

      April 5, 2016 at 7:58 PM

      HILLARY REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY is an Android.. She does have wireless electrical implants.

  3. Ralph P. Torello

    April 5, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Al, they have made scores of movies about Androids about Cyborgs. Dozens of them. In the 1990’s – it became a popular thing to do among Pentagonal, DHS, & federal security. The matrix was the best, but it implies that you have to have big giant cables & wires hanging out of your backside… which you don’t at all- because everything is done wirelessly. If you know anything about American Politics, then you would know that THIS SITUATION IS THE SITUATION ROOM NOW… They sit in office towers in and around DFW and control their slaves with electronic implants (eyes, ears, nerves).

    Blade Runner

    Matrix 1, 2, 3

    Robo-Cop 1, 2, 3, etc…

    6 million Dollar Man (TV)

    Superman 3

  4. Ralph P. Torello

    April 6, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    If you are going to “talk robots” …

    拉卡拉向用户推送商业促销短信被诉 诱骗下载手机APP
    (translations provided by me & “Google Corporation” – whatever that is…)

  5. AuBrix

    April 7, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Desperate and Dateless as The Model T of Ex Machina. :-)

  6. dog-move

    April 22, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Hey Ralph, remember a 70’s movie called Westworld with Yul Brenner. Talk about robots.
    Then there are the idol creators found at, these folks need to get together with the boys that create the circuits for cyborgs.


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