In South Korea, there’s something called ‘family day’. It happens on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. On that day, offices turn off their lights at 7 pm so workers can get themselves home and enjoy some lights-out action.
With a view to try and get their young people creating families, scientists came up with Yotaro – a robot baby designed to give people a preview of parenthood. Students at the University of Tsukuba theorised that if young people could see themselves as potential mothers and fathers, they’d be more emotionally ready to settle down.