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06-16-2008, 11:17 AM
If advances in artificial intelligence continue, your next lover may have an on/off switch....

This is really something and most likely a bit controversial...had to C&P the story here for you to see...

I think this could/would change human sexual behavior to (maybe) a large degree...:eek:

What's your take on this????


Here's a prediction that'll make you squirm: In the future, people will fall in love with robots. Robots will not be cold, predictable machines, but actual lovers -- precocious, sexy, and remarkably humanlike in appearance.

Humans will even marry robots in certain obliging jurisdictions. Now send the kids into the other room while we mention the obvious, bizarre implication: Someday, people will have sex with robots.

And not just cold, mechanical sex that barely incites a feeble meep-meep-meep from your robot lover: No, we're talking about real elbow-pads-and-helmets sex. Electrifying sex! (And afterward the robot will take a drag on a cigarette and say, "That really recharged my batteries.")

We learn all this from robot enthusiast David Levy in his intriguing but very strange new book, Love and Sex with Robots, which if nothing else gets points for the straightforward title. Levy, whose previous book, Robots Unlimited, outlined the coming era of ubiquitous robotics, has taken his scenario to its logical, if not entirely persuasive, conclusion:

"Love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans," Levy writes, "while the number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended, as robots teach us more than is in all of the world's published sex manuals combined."

Levy goes on to imagine a world of robot prostitutes, or "sexbots," which would offer people a chance to practice their technique before entering a human relationship. "With a robot prostitute," he writes, "the control of disease is implicit -- simply remove the active parts and put them in the disinfecting machine."

At this point you are likely holding up both hands with palms outward in the internationally recognized gesture meaning "Stop." This sounds crazy. Clearly robots are not going to become plausible objects of sexual relationships, much less actual romance and genuine love, until they have a serious makeover. Human love isn't so shallow that we'll fall for the first machine with a nice pair of antennae.

But Levy's thesis isn't as silly as you might initially think. We are living in a period of revolutionary advances in computer software and processing speeds. The Japanese already have a multi-billion-dollar robot industry, including robots used to keep an eye on -- and even bathe -- the elderly.

Sony has invented a robotic dog named AIBO. Honda has created an android that can climb stairs. Carnegie-Mellon University invented a robot, Grace, that managed to register by itself (herself?) for an academic conference. Meanwhile, researchers are experimenting with flexible polymers that can be used as artificial skin, an essential leap for the creation of robots you might actually want to cuddle. Most important, robots will have to learn to act like humans; one researcher, Levy reports, has designed robots that can exhibit 77 human behavior patterns.

The key is that these technological advances will someday be complemented by cultural changes, and cavorting with robots just won't seem weird anymore. "It would not surprise me if a significant proportion of readers deride these ideas until my predictions have been proved correct," Levy writes, and then makes a cheap analogy to people who once were hostile to the idea that the Earth was round rather than flat.

Levy's book is entertaining in parts, such as the eye-opening (even climactic) section on the evolution of vibrators. "A steam-driven vibrator invented in the United States in 1869 was inconvenient for doctors to use because they repeatedly had to shovel coal into its boiler," he writes.
(Who among us has not heard the command, "Keep shoveling"?)
But throughout Love and Sex with Robot s, there's a recurring sense of the writer trying a little too hard: Every brick must be carefully laid as he builds the great edifice of his thesis. Thus, we must labor through long sections on why people fall in love, why they love their pets, how they become attached to their computers, and so on, before we can get to the good stuff on sex toys. And it's not clear that Levy -- described on the book jacket as "an internationally recognized expert in artificial
intelligence" -- is truly an expert on the subject of human love. He seems more like a partisan in a technological debate most of us didn't realize was going on.

No doubt it is a good bet that technology and sexual desire will continue to have a mutually supporting relationship. But Levy is not merely saying that sex toys will be more elaborate in the future. He is envisioning robots as essentially interchangeable with people. The problem is, a robot programmed to fall in love with a person is essentially a fancy inflatable doll. Imagine the awkward moments

Robot: I love the clever way you comb those few, thin, feeble locks of hair all the way over the vast bald region of your head.

Human: You're just saying that.

Levy stipulates, near the end of the book, that an important part of sexuality is "the possibility of failure or denial," and thus sexbots will need to be able to mimic human "capriciousness." But at some point you wind up with sexbots out of control, which, come to think of it, is a great idea for a science fiction movie.

If Levy is right, the era of rambunctious robot love is not far in the future. But I'd advise everyone to hang on to a flesh-and-blood backup.


Keith Wilson
06-16-2008, 11:46 AM
This is hardly new. The Japanese have been working out the implications of this kind of thing in innumerable sci-fi movies and manga for thirty or forty years. I recommend the Ghost in The Shell series as a particularly good example of the type.

06-16-2008, 11:52 AM
my take on this is that a guy who's heavily involved in chess, computing and other AI stuff has found a way to make money writing books. But it is cool that he's the other half of Shoemaker-Levy.

google up Ray Kurzweil for related topics. Regarding turning devices into love interests,,or using people for their own pleasure,,people do that already.

06-16-2008, 12:44 PM
an important part of sexuality is "the possibility of failure or denial," and thus sexbots will need to be able to mimic human "capriciousness."

just what i need , a cranky robot

Joe Dupere
06-16-2008, 12:55 PM
[quote=Spin_Drift;1867447]If advances in artificial intelligence continue, your next lover may have an on/off switch..../quote]

I suppose it's an improvement over an air valve... :D:D

Joe, FPoP

Osborne Russell
06-16-2008, 12:57 PM
just what i need , a cranky robot

spew !

06-18-2008, 09:36 PM
If advances in artificial intelligence continue, your next lover may have an on/off switch....
Got one already. The on/off switch is cunningly disguised as a credit card.

SaltyD from BC
06-18-2008, 09:43 PM
cunningly disguised

Far out! I studied in cunalinguistics :D

06-18-2008, 09:57 PM
There's a firm in California that makes life size "adult dolls" with all the pink bits, and offers a maintenance programme if said "bits" wear out. Many models, very lifelike, i saw one on a British documentary. So that's the outside done already. Can't get a reference, my boss would not be pleased.

06-18-2008, 10:32 PM
Will ya still have to wear yer rubbers?:D

06-18-2008, 10:40 PM
Nup, probably just hose it out......Gak! that's awful!

L.W. Baxter
06-18-2008, 10:41 PM
I don't know if it was actually any good, but I remember how impressed I was by Cherry 2000. Of course, I was about 15 at the time, so I was easily, um, impressed.

06-18-2008, 11:02 PM
Remember the movies, "Westworld" & "Mars Attacks" ?

Captain Blight
06-18-2008, 11:12 PM
The obligatory Not Safe For Work (http://www.fuckingmachines.com/site/?c=1) embedded link.

Might not be safe for the home, either.

06-18-2008, 11:36 PM
How about chopping the wood, washing up, holding the other end of the plank while your fitting it to the boat. Hey, could they programme boat building instead

Keith Wilson
06-19-2008, 07:32 AM
There was a young man from Racine
Who invented a f*cking machine
Concave or convex
It would fit either sex
But oh, what a bugger to clean!

Andrew Craig-Bennett
06-19-2008, 08:08 AM
"The engineer told me before he died...

"...And now we come to the tragic bit:
There was no way of stopping it!":p

The Bigfella
06-19-2008, 08:15 AM
that he'd build a pr*** of steel

The Bigfella
06-19-2008, 08:15 AM
and there was no way of stopping it

06-19-2008, 09:03 AM
Hm...back during the bad ol' days of the sexual revolution I had more than one robot for a lover.

06-19-2008, 10:28 AM
do these robots come with edible underwear? :)