By Ana Veciana-Suarez
Tribune News Service
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The concept of robot sex is not new. Hollywood, as well as sci-fi literature, has taken it for a ride several times, but that’s all it was for a while: fantasy. Now, however, the make-believe has turned into a very real possibility.
Tribune News Service
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I care only about the chocolate; the dark, expensive kind. Everything else feels too rehearsed, too commercialized. Romance should be like exercise, practiced regularly and certainly more than once a year. What’s more, I believe that spontaneous expressions of love, unexpected and free of the calendar, tend to be the best kind.
So when I read that Cupid is getting a helping hand from an unlikely place, I had to pause to wonder if, sometime in the not so distant future, we might be addressing V-Day cards to androids instead of flesh and blood mates.
The mere thought sent shivers up my spine, and the goosebumps had nothing to do with lust.
Some say that humans and robots are on the verge of getting romantically involved, or at the very least having sex with each other. And this prediction isn’t coming from the lunatic fringes of tech, either.
Sure, sure, the concept is not new. Hollywood, as well as sci-fi literature, has taken it for a ride several times, but that’s all it was for a while: fantasy. Now, however, the make-believe has turned into a very real possibility.
Two ethicists have published a report, “Our Sexual Future with Robots,” that looks into the future of the robot sex industry.
Sex dolls, researcher Aimee van Wynsberghe told an interviewer, are the precursors of robot lovers, as robotics begin to add “functionalities” to these silicon doll creations. Put plainly, this means the male doll could go from a flaccid to an erect penis and the female doll could simulate an orgasm. It may also be only a matter of years before artificial intelligence will use facial and voice recognition as well as algorithms that detect emotion to make an encounter more … well, more emotionally satisfying.