Sunday, October 14, 2007

Robot and Eve

Who can resist clicking onto the headline “Is Sex with Robots Possible?” Certainly not I. MSNBC directed me to an article about the future of human interaction with robots, even discussing the possibility of marriage of man to machine. I immediately thought of the movies “Lars and the Real Girl (not a robot, but not real either),” “Blade Runner,” "The Stepford Wives," “Star Wars”---although C3PO would drive me crazy with his prissiness and R2D2 is just too short.

The upshot of the story was that “Love and sex with robots are inevitable.” So says a guy named David Levy, who successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He says eventually robots will be developed to have more human characteristics (just like they’ve already been portrayed in sci fi books and film), and soon you’ll be doing the rumba with your Roomba.

Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts. How would you program your artificially intelligent significant other? Just think of a flatulence-free bedroom.


BernardL said...

'She' would have to be programmed with a sarcastic sense of humor, and the insatiable need to edit manuscripts. :)

Ladytink_534 said...

That's such a scary thought! I'm quite happy with my husband and although a robot would be nice at times, what if something happened and it got messed up and decided it wanted to kill you instead of love you?! No thanks!

Besides, how would it get through airport security?

Hellie Sinclair said...

Dude, are you kidding with this article? I'm rather intrigued. Which frightens me to death. I need to go back to my therapist if I think the only relationship I could succeed at would be with a ROBOT.

I'm far more frightened what this reveals about me than society in general. *LOL*

Though it means I could get one that looks and acts like Captain Jack Sparrow. Interesting. Though I do love cooking for men--and a robot would never appreciate that.

However a robot would also make the bed and clean while I was at that's more than an even exchange.

irisheyes said...

Very Scary! The whole robots thing creeps me out! I'm with Hellion - if I thought the only person/thing I could interact with would be a robot I'd need to go back into therapy!

Hypothetically, though, I suppose eliminating all the bodily odors thing would be awesome! Along with getting someone who would cook, clean and mend! In the end, though, I really don't think the advantages would outweigh the disadvantages.

I'm also with ladytink on not being able to trust something that wasn't human. I've worked with computers and other machines too much to ever believe something man made could be without errors.

Elyssa Papa said...

Okay, let's see: robot would need to cook and buy groceries. That's it.

I can't wait for romances to start writing about this---The Robot Who Loved Me, Man of Steel, and so on. *g*

Ericka Scott said...

Hmmm...interesting...I can see the use of robot who clean, but I really need that "human" interaction (I'm talking conversation and humor and spontenaeity (the ability to spell check me would be nice too)

Ericka Scott said...

Although this gives a whole new meaning to The Man Of Steel!


Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Bernard, editing...maybe even writing? The possibilities are endless.

Ladytink, I'm hoping the robots will be a whole lot better looking than the illustration I used. He does, indeed, look deadly. LOL on airport security---leave him home to mind the house.

Hellion, STG it's true. Posted on Livescience. The guy has a book and everything.

Irish, you could program him to do anything, like NOT kill you.;)

Ely, at this point I hate to grocery shop and cook, but my husband does it for no robot required...yet.

Ericka, you could make your Rob be as suave as Cary Grant, but I agree, the spontaneity would be gone. He'd only tell you what you told him to say, and what's the fun of that? That's why we make up heroes.

Terri Osburn said...

Robot you say? I did see this topic in a couple of other places the last couple of days.

I'd prefer to have the real thing but if you can send me anything to make my life easier that can do the grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry and get the Wee One to softball practice on time, I'll take him.

Tessa Dare said...

Maybe I'm missing something, but don't we already have battery-operated lovers available? I guess this would just be the deluxe version? Seems like it would be hard to stash in the nightstand drawer, though.

Unless they look like Harrison Ford in Bladerunner, I'll pass.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Tessa, ahhh---Harrison Ford. He used to be a crush, until he picked up the earring and Calista. I do hope he's happy, though.

Terrio, sounds like you need a robot housekeeper more than a robot husband! Now I'm singing the Jetsons song.