February 12, 2008 at 3:51 pm #27466
note; I think this article takes us right to core of our relationship with technology, and whether it can/will try to supplant the human variable with its emotions, the transmission from a living energetic field vs. a synthetic surface replacement that doesn’t challenge us. I am sure this taps into a deep human memory from the time in Atlantis when they traded human women for alien technology…..M.
HARDWIRED FOR LOVE: ARE ROBOTS THE SEX PARTNERS OF THE FUTURE?
February 12, 2008
In the mood for a little skin-to-skin?” coos a lover slipping between the
“Not tonight,” mumbles the partner, turning around. “Just make it with the
robot, if you want.”
A kinky sci-fi fantasy? Love and lust in the 23rd century?
Not at all, says David Levy, a PhD in gender studies and artificial
intelligence and author of “Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot
By mid-century, predicts the 62-year-old expert, getting it on with an
electronic femme-fatale or a superstud sexbot will become an accepted part
of the human landscape.
“Think of it: great sex on tap, 24/7,” he said. People may even fall in love
with their hard-wired sex slaves, he adds.
Not everyone embraces Levy’s vision of a future where humanoids guarantee
satisfaction in bed along with pre-programmed post-coital conversation.
But many agree it is on the cards, given exponential leaps in computer
power, progress in mimicking human muscles and movements, and headway in
artificial intelligence (AI) software to replicate emotions and personality.
“Already today, the best quality synthetic voices cannot be distinguished
from human voices,” Levy told AFP, adding that some artificial skins now
rival the smoothest of baby bottoms.
Last November, researchers at Waseda University in Japan unveiled a robot,
named Twendy-One, that can cook, talk, obey verbal commands, and use its
soft silicon-wrapped hands — each equipped with 241 pressure sensors — to
interact with humans.
Even so, it will be a long time, Levy acknowledges, before we cannot tell
the difference between human and humanoid.
The sexbot Gigolo Joe played by Jude Law in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film
“Artificial Intelligence: A.I.,” providing chat and emotional support as
well as sex, is at least 40 decades away, he thinks.
Not all AI experts agree. “I don’t think we will have convincing
‘human-like’ robots” within that time frame,” said Frederic Kaplan, a
researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Kaplan, who pushed the envelope of robot intelligence in programming the
brain of Sony’s eerily adorable robot dog Aibo, also wonders whether we even
want robots made in our own image.
“Human-machine interactions will be interesting in their own right, not as
‘simulation’ of human relations,” he said.
But Levy is convinced the demand is there, and that market forces will
provide the financial drive to overcome any technical — or psychological —
“It is only a matter of time before someone in the adult entertainment
industry, which is awash in money, thinks, ‘Gee, I could make a pile of
money’,” he said.
A company in Japan, Axis, has already produced the world’s first,
rudimentary, sexbot — for men:
Called Honeydolls, the lifesize figures are made from surgical-grade
silicone and resin, and are equipped with voice-emitting sensors in each
breast. Pinch the nipples, and Cindy (or Soari or Maria, depending on the
model) will react with a squeal and whisper pre-programmed sweet nothings in
Customised MP3 audio files can be substituted for a more personal touch.
Price tag: 7,000 dollars (4,800 euros).
Women, too, are bound to be lured to sexbots, contended Levy.
“I don’t think that women will be any less attracted than men — they may be
more attracted,” he said, pointing to a worldwide surge in the sale of
vibrators, boosted by the lifting of taboos, ease of purchase and media
Levy, who once made a living organising chess championships, unusually wrote
his book first then tweaked it to present as a doctoral thesis at the
University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
The work has generated what he calls a “tsunami” of media interest since its
publication last year and from an unusually broad spectrum of publications.
“In March, I will be featured in Scientific American, and in April there
will be an article in Hustler,” said the futurist.
But what for Levy is a dream of endless sex without guilt or disease is, for
others, a nightmare of bleakness.
“I think it is far-fetched to think that human beings are going to fall in
love with robots,” said New York-based sexologist Yvonne K. Fulbright,
author of numerous books on sex and sexuality.
She acknowledges that sexbots will probably find a niche market, especially
with men seeking to fulfill fantasies their flesh-and-blood partners might
“But there will be a real stigma attached to sex robots. People are still
going to feel like losers if that is their last resort,” she said.
Fulbright thinks Levy is even further off-base when it comes to women. It is
a huge leap, she said, to think that because women stimulate themselves with
gadgets that they are going to embrace robot partners.
“Women may say that they adore and love their vibrators. But they don’t mean
that they are IN love with them,” she said.February 12, 2008 at 9:18 pm #27467
The advantage in the real life partner vs. just masturbation is
the real life emotional or soul connection that you can have.
A sex bot wouldn’t really provide that–it would only effectively
be masturbation–and may actually make you feel empty on the inside,
due to the “false appearance” of a real person. You may as well just
masturbate and wait/try to find the real thing.
All in all, for the most part, I would say NO I wouldn’t be interested.
Of course, if you present me with one that’s completely animated,
has AI, and looks like Sarah Michelle Gellar than I might have a hard time
saying no . . . so who knows. Enh, I’d probably still say no. Probably. SFebruary 13, 2008 at 2:36 am #27469
What is funny is you have Aliens with advance tachnology traversing time and space and all they want is some booty. So is Pimping also the oldest profession. I keep running accross stories of humans that are ignored yet produces great technology and no need to trade women, just open our imagenation. I am sure the same thing was happening then. What comes to mind is the guy at Coral Castle who supposedly built allot of ammazing buildings for his sweet sixteen. I think we all realize the true treasures here well I hope so, and I feel people are starting to feel the emptyness that is present because technology is just not feeding certain parts of the selves.
“many people in India smoke hashish, that they see colored lights and forget their problems just for a little while, and then they come right back to the problems which they still have to face, and that the energy that had been spent, or misspent, in being high was simply wasted.” Meher Baba
For the Atlantiens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wfYrf3ZlPYFebruary 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm #27471
thoughtforms and other energetic parasites, those that are fed by porn and fantasy, will I am sure be so very happy to inhabit the sex-bots and allow people an energetic relationship with the “bot”. A road to ruin….February 15, 2008 at 8:51 pm #27473
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