Strange New World of Personal Relationships with Robots

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Would YOU have sex with a robot? Intimate relationships with machines will be the norm in 50 years, claims expert

Physical relationships will come to be seen as primitive in the near future
There is evidence this is already happening with ‘girlfriend apps’ on rise
Lack of human contact could lead to feelings of isolation and depression
But as technology improves humans won’t know the difference and some might choose a robotic partner

By Jack Millner For Mailonline
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3185066/Would-sex-robot-Intimate-relationships-machines-norm-50-years-claims-expert.html
Published: 16:23, 4 August 2015

A sex scene between a man and a robot in Channel 4 thriller Humans may have shocked audiences, but sex between humans and machines may soon become the norm.

As humans spend more time in virtual realities – including online gaming and social media – intimate relationships with androids might even improve our mental health, according to academic Dr Helen Driscoll, a sex psychologist.

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And our physical relationships will come to be seen as primitive in the near future as humanity embraces machines as partners.

Virtual affairs could also present a problem in the future, with some partners seeing sex with a machine as infidelity, according to Dr Driscoll. Pictured is the android Anita from Channel 4 drama Humans, who at one point is used as a sex bot by a married man, causing problems in the marriage

Virtual affairs could also present a problem in the future, with some partners seeing sex with a machine as infidelity, according to Dr Driscoll. Pictured is the android Anita from Channel 4 drama Humans, who at one point is used as a sex bot by a married man, causing problems in the marriage

Sex mannequins that you can order online already exist, and rapid advances in technology will enable them to ‘come to life’, according to Dr Driscoll in a blog post for the Huffington Post.

Robophilia – the word for a sexual attraction to robots – seems like an alien concept to us now, but could become the norm as our attitudes catch up to the technology.

‘As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner, it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being,’ said Dr Driscoll.

In addition to having physical relationships with machines, advances in artificial intelligence could enable machines or even computer programs to become realistic enough to fall in love with.

This was explored in the 2013 film Her, which saw Joaquin Phoenix’s character fall in love with a Siri-like operating system.
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‘This may seem shocking and unusual now, but we should not automatically assume that virtual relationships have less value than real relationships,’ wrote Dr Driscoll.
In addition to having physical relationships with machines, advances in artificial intelligence could enable computer programs to become realistic enough to fall in love with. This was explored in the 2013 film Her, which saw Joaquin Phoenix’s character (pictured) fall in love with a Siri-like operating system

In addition to having physical relationships with machines, advances in artificial intelligence could enable computer programs to become realistic enough to fall in love with. This was explored in the 2013 film Her, which saw Joaquin Phoenix’s character (pictured) fall in love with a Siri-like operating system
ARTIFICIAL SEX SURROGATES

One therapist recently suggested that robots could be used as ‘sex surrogates’ for humans to help overcome sexual problems and trauma.

The comment was made by Dr Ian Kerner, a sexuality counsellor for Good in Bed, during a Hopes&Fears-hosted roundtable discussion.

‘Sex surrogacy, is effectively illegal,’ he said. ‘As a therapist, I can’t really legally recommend a sex surrogate, but there is a place with surrogacy and I wonder if AI could occupy that place.

Sex surrogacy, he explained, is a service for people who suffer from problems such as premature ejaculation or have had very limited sexual experience.

‘The idea of going to a surrogate might be somebody who [the patient] could effectively have sex with and learn how to relax.

‘Sex is in the margins. It’s a grey zone. But I could see AI – maybe a limited use but a very important use to occupy that space.’

Dr Driscoll points to people who have lost their partner or who live alone as people who might benefit psychologically from a virtual sexual relationship. ‘After all a virtual partner is surely better than no partner at all.’

Virtual affairs could also present a problem in the future, with some partners seeing sex with a machine as similar to sex with another person, according to Dr Driscoll.

The amount of time we spend online – communicating via emails and social media – is already a problem for some people, but our relationships with other humans could soon be conducted entirely online.

As we spend more time in virtual reality and living alone, this will lead to increased mental health problems, according to Dr Driscoll.

The lack of human contact is currently harmful, as humans are social animals and isolation is linked with mental health problems, she said.

Recent studies have shown that young Japanese people are already avoiding sex and intimate relationships, with half of Japanese adults saying they no longer have sex.
The future? French artist, César Vonc, created a depiction of futuristic ‘sex robots’ (shown). The bizarre – and creepy – images reveal the ‘innards’ of androids

The future? French artist, César Vonc, created a depiction of futuristic ‘sex robots’ (shown). The bizarre – and creepy – images reveal the ‘innards’ of androids

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And earlier in August, a Chinese ‘girlfriend app’ called Xiaoice was reported to be keeping thousands of heartbroken people company.

People can add her as a friend on several major Chinese social networking services including Weibo, a Twitter like microblogging service used by 700 million people, and Touchpal.

This trend may seem like a problematic trend now, but as the technology improves the isolation issues will disappear as it becomes harder to tell the difference between artificial intelligence and machines, according to Dr Driscoll.

‘When eventually there are intelligent robots indistinguishable from humans – apart from their lack of bad habits, imperfections and need for investment – not only are we likely to choose them over ‘real’ humans but psychologically we will not suffer if we are not able to tell the difference.’

Ex Machina explores the bizarre line between AI and sexuality

Sexual Relationships With Robots Could Become Normal in Future | Dr Helen Driscoll

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5 Responses to “Strange New World of Personal Relationships with Robots”

  1. Chris Jones says:

    Man and woman are the best designs – craftmanship like no other

  2. Nike says:

    Strange “Brave New World“ (Aldous Huxley) – Transhumanism – “Population Reduction“ (“soft“ genocide – Georgia Guidestones)

    “…we should not automatically assume that virtual relationships have less value than real relationships,’ wrote Dr Driscoll.“ (nonsense)

    “The lack of human contact is currently harmful, as humans are social animals and isolation is linked with mental health problems, she said.“ (Humans are humans and not animals. Talmudists see all non-Jews as cattle though.Jews play a leading role in transhumanism too, in multiculturalism and world population “reduction“/euphemism for mass genocide. That explains a lot.)

    “Recent studies have shown that young Japanese people are already avoiding sex and intimate relationships, with half of Japanese adults saying they no longer have sex.“ (which fits in with the “population reduction“ agenda)

    “…it becomes harder to tell the difference between artificial intelligence and machines“ (nonsense! As if there were no clearly distinguishable differences between humans and machines!)

    “intelligent robots indistinguishable from humans“ (robots will always be distinguishable; only humans who lack empathy themselves might be drawn to robots)

  3. charles drake says:

    go to stanford hill or golders green it is all about the familes
    the tight hermetically sealed kosher crews.
    nothing more important than the strength of community security safety.
    ex idf walking the streets of london walkie talkies in hand keeping everything ship shape.
    reporting and tracking any lost goy or idiots who think they can find easy pickings.
    strength comes from inter breed no barbara spector goy inter racial couplings.
    gay and transgender try skipping and kissing in these areas early evening and see what happens.
    i predict a rabbi riot

  4. bangonit says:

    The first six letters of the word psychologist says it all.
    Love peace harmonies

  5. Dogman says:

    From 21st June 2015
    Masayoshi Son, chief executive officer and founder of Softbank Corp, stands by a humanoid robot, named “Pepper,” during a press conference in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture. on Thursday.
    http://ww w.bangkokpost.com/media/conten … 046760.jpg

    Softbank said that 1,000 units of “Pepper” were sold out in just one minute on the previous Saturday.

    Softbank began accepting orders at 10am (8am Thailand time) on Saturday. Delivery will start in July. By the end of July the company will announce when it will sell the next batch of the robot, the firm added.

    Priced at 213,840 yen (58,600 baht), the robot is claimed to be the world’s first personal robot capable of reading emotions via its camera, touch sensors and microphone.

    Softbank plans to begin selling “Pepper” for corporate use, such as to use as a receptionist or to provide other customer services. Softbank also aims to begin selling it overseas possibly later this year.

    It’s a step in the wrong direction. Starting to feel that we’ll all eventually be involved in a real life Terminator situation.

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