Well this is kind of creepy.
About a month ago, I wrote a story about a man who’d found The Perfect Woman, but as it turns out, she’s an artificial intelligence in an android body.
Now I find out that on a Reddit AMA (ask me anything), Matt McMullen, CEO of RealDoll said they are building an AI product that will be connected to either a robotic doll or experienced in a virtual reality environment. The result is not to fool the customer into thinking their sex doll is human, but to make the experience a bit more “real”.
No, the doll will not love you back, but it might be able to simulate something like it.
“We are designing the AI to be fun and engaging, more than focusing on whether it can fool you into thinking it’s a person,” he said.
He later added, when someone asked if dolls will ever love us back: “I hope that we can at least simulate that,” McMullen responded. “That’s the goal.”
“Sex doll makers ‘putting finishing touches’ to artificial intelligence app so they can love you back”
I thought I was only kidding, but this is for real.
So how long will it be before such a product is on the market. According to Tech.Mic.com it could be as soon as the end of 2017.
This again brings up the concern of how smart sex dolls may increase human alienation.
If you’re the sort of guy who can get your basic needs met through automation, why take the chance on forging a relationship with a real person? Of course, you have to be okay with having a partner that isn’t human, who is obviously only human shaped, and whose responses to you would never pass the Turing Test, but people who use such dolls in the first place must do so for a reason.
On the other hand TGN Magazine says that technological advancements in sexbots will lead to a whole new area of sexuality called “robophilia” and that it’s here to stay.
I found a video at Vimeo called Futurama – Dont date robots that humorously explores this issue…or maybe it’s an all too accurate predictor of the future.