Below is a clip from Ambo's film, Mechanical Love, which illustrates the idea of senzai-kan with considerable poignancy.
Sherry Turkle undertook a study to examine the interaction between senior adults and this robotic baby harp seal and found that Paro (the seal) elicited considerable feelings of admiration, loving behavior, and curiosity from her (its?) human partners. Turkle felt however, that the robot seal raised difficult “questions about what kind of authenticity we require of our technology. Do we want robots saying things that they could not possibly ‘mean’? What kinds of relationships do we think are most appropriate for our children and our elders to have with relational artifacts?” (Turkle, 2006, p. 360)
Authenticity, said Turkle during a recent MIT talk about sociable robots, "The Robotic Moment and the American Heart: What can we make of our reactions to relational, sociable robotics?", and I'm paraphrasing here, 'is the equivalent of Victorian sex. Authenticity is a concept that repels and attracts; frightens and fascinates our culture at this time.'
Walter Benjamin proclaimed that what withers and is lost in the age of mechanical reproduction is "aura," something akin to sonzai-kan. Yet, the idea that humanoid robots might be capable of engendering feelings of sonzai-kan opens the question of whether sonzai-kan or aura isn't a human generated, and projected, quality in the first place.