Romantic human-robot relationships are no longer the stuff of science fiction – researchers expect them to become reality within four decades.

And they do not mean simply, mechanical sex. “I am talking about loving relationships about 40 years from now,” David Levy, author of the book Love+sex with robots, said at an international conference held last week at the University of Maastricht in the south east of the country.

“… when there are robots that have also emotions, personality, consciousness. They can talk to you, they can make you laugh. They can … say they love you just like a human would say ‘I love you’, and say it as though they mean it …”

Robots as sex toys should already be on the market within five years, predicted Levy, “a sort of an upgrade of the sex dolls on sale now”.

These would have electronic speech and sensors that make them utter “nice sounds” when a human caresses their “erogenous zones”.

But to build robots as real partners would take a bit longer, with conversation skills being the main obstacle for developers.




  1. John Paradox says:

    Would a sex robot’s OS be “Lay-nix”?

    J/P=?

  2. Uncle Dave says:

    Is it prostitution if you buy sex from a hooker robot? I can see them now with their slot machine-like bill accepters and coin slots lined up on against a wall like coffee and candy machines.

    So many questions…

    Will they have to have condom machines attached? Will you have to pay extra or do they come included in the price?
    Then there are the juke box models where you pick the music she/it plays on your…

    OK, time for a shower.

  3. Ah_Yea says:

    Wow! I was just going to comment that I’ll believe these sex bots right after I’ve got my personal HAL 9000.

    But, it was much more interesting reading Bobbo and Mustard….

  4. QB says:

    When I first saw Sleeper I thought an Orgasmatron would be great. But in the end I really wanted a young Diane Keaton instead.

  5. bobbo says:

    I think I’ll pull out some of those robot babe flixs==Cherry 2000, SIMONE, must be a few others.

    My favorite porn is Vampire based but maybe I should look into robot based porn?

    Its very hard to believe an actual women would enjoy what current porn actresses say they can’t get enough of, but totally credible coming from a “lay-nix” system, even with its negative connotations.

    I’d avoid the “lay-nix” system and go for the more descriptive programs.

    Was it Cherry 2000 or some other end of the world robot female picture where our alter-ego’s pic the “real woman” over the adoring fem-bot? Not very realistic. We all want to be treated as gods.

  6. Mister Mustard says:

    #19 – & Queers

    >>Now Mustard has turned into a
    >>condescending pontificator calling everyone
    >>“son”

    Not everyone, son. Just pre-pubes like yourself who post on dvorak dot org slash blog in between bouts of WoW and jerking off to xnxx dot com.

    Don’t worry. You’ll be a grown-up some day. And we all hope that you drop the shitty Lenny Bruce impersonation.

    TIA.

  7. Dr Dodd says:

    Good Grief! So now it’s porking robots. Congratulations you have officially reached a new low.

  8. Mister Mustard says:

    #40 – Doddie

    >>So now it’s porking robots.

    Or in your case, doc, it’s robots porking you! Haw!

  9. bobbo says:

    I bet the Porking Test is passed well before the Turing Test is===same as with most women.

  10. Dr Dodd says:

    #41

    Mustard my old friend… See you are still reading, “How to win friends and influence people.” What a charmer! 🙂

  11. Mister Mustard says:

    #43 – Doc

    I have to think of the CHILDREN!! You can’t be allowed to post here without surveillance by law-abiding adults! That’s just the way it is, somethings will never change … 😉

  12. Judge Jewdy says:

    Mustard, just curious – which robot would you get? The black male or the white one? 🙂

  13. Dr Dodd says:

    #46

    Well played!!!

  14. QB says:

    #46 Nice

  15. Thomas says:

    #5
    It is not as far fetched as you make it out to be. Emergent designs through agents have been around for a couple of decades. In layman terms, you develop seemingly simple agents that multiply to large numbers that act on a limited number of inputs and are able to adapt. In isolation, the agents are simple, but in combination along with their adaptive ability, the can be very sophisticated results and “apparently” random. Michael Crichton’s novel “Prey” was an interesting take on emergent designs.


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