Asians turn important rituals over to electronics

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The groom was handsome, the bride was radiant -- and the officiant was a robot (and was named "I Fairy," for some reason). The Japanese couple didn't have any problem with their cyber-officiant -- "I think that Japanese have a strong sense that robots are our friends," said the bride. Meanwhile, the dearly departed in Singapore can have their ashes deposited in a six-star columbarium with iPod-supplied music, laser light shows, and a Buddhist statue with pulsing LED lights.

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