Wednesday, January 24, 2007

If you prick me, do I not bleed?

Computer chess expert, David Levy's new book, Robots Unlimited: Life in the Virtual Age explores the ethical issues we have to look forward to once (and if) people start having sex with robots (check out this great interview). These advanced 'dames de voyage' will apparently incorporate new technologies alloying the robot to distinguish between different levels of pressure and thus respond accordingly. Levy says that the sex bots could potentially serve as real-time sex educators, based on the same technology currently being researched in Japan and The States that would allow robots to be caretakers for the elderly (Look out!).

But he warns, we can't anticipate the reactions this potential practice will have. Will sex with a robot be adulturous? Will a culture of robot-swapping emerge? Will robots be off limits to minors? Will mom and dad promote abstinance by placing these virtual lovers under the Christmas tree?

I'm not too worried, especially if they look like this.

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