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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday July 28 2018, @08:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the toying-around dept.

Submitted via IRC for AndyTheAbsurd

Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant seems to be everywhere these days – and now she’s powering your sex life too.

The voice-controlled AI has made its way into the popular Lovense series of smart sex toys, giving you more control over your late-night action than ever before.

Lovense toys can already be controlled remotely using an app, but now Alexa voice commands will activate them too.

An upcoming app update, revealed exclusively to The Sun, will add support for Amazon’s hugely popular Alexa service.

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/07/20/you-can-soon-have-sex-with-amazons-alexa/


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In 2024 we are not yet completely inured to the latest technology — smart sex toys that track your orgasms, virtual-reality hookups, chatbot sexting — but we may be on our way. In less than 10 years' time, "app dating" became simply "dating."

What will seem routine at the end of the next decade?

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When dating apps like Grindr and Tinder first arrived, some speculated that they signaled the dawning of a new era of technosexuality, in which our sexual and romantic lives would be mediated by machines. Now it seems quaint to worry about how online dating might shape us, not because it hasn't, but because technology has become so entwined with human desire that it's challenging to separate our sexuality — itself inextricable from what makes us human — from the technology we use to express it.

We may like to imagine a distant future where humans and robots merge in virtual realms, but it may already be here. We meet dates on our phones, watch pornography on our tablets and bicker with our partners over text.

[...] The boom in sex tech has coincided with what some have called a sex recession, the pronounced slowdown in sex for Americans that started in the 1990s. In 2024, with A.I. and V.R. creating more hyper-stimulating sensory expenses, the chasm between the sex we have online and the sex we have I.R.L. may be widening.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday July 28 2018, @08:17AM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday July 28 2018, @08:17AM (#713949) Journal

    ...but am I gonna? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @11:39AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @11:39AM (#713971)

      Dead hole. Dead hole. Bigoted, bigoted dead hole.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @11:53AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @11:53AM (#713972)

        Bigoated, bigoated

        FTFY. If you gonna use binary redundant repetition, use it correctly.

      • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday July 28 2018, @05:46PM

        by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday July 28 2018, @05:46PM (#714047) Journal

        Your tight, dead hole.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by MostCynical on Saturday July 28 2018, @08:36AM (2 children)

    by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday July 28 2018, @08:36AM (#713951) Journal

    So you might say "Alexa, make me smile with Hush", and the smart butt plug will begin vibrating – even if it's miles away from the Amazon Echo speaker.

    Or you could shout "Alexa, please my partner with Lush on high", and your spouse will get a sudden surprise from their egg vibrator.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6825412/smart-sex-toy-alexa-lovense-vibrator/ [thesun.co.uk]

    The surprise is when you find someone *else* in the room reacts to your commands..

    Or you have to leave it inserted/attached all the time, just in case

    Anyone know what it does to change from "smile" to "moan" to "scream"?

    Let's play with TOY on low – TOY is now on low
    Let's play with TOY on medium - TOY is now on medium
    Let's play with TOY on high – TOY is now on full power
    Make me smile with TOY – Making you smile
    Make me moan with TOY – Making you moan
    Make me scream with TOY – Making you scream
    Alexa, stop TOY – TOY stops

    To control your partner's toy...
    Please my partner with TOY on low – Your partner’s TOY is now on low
    Please my partner with TOY on medium - Your partner’s TOY is now on medium
    Please my partner with TOY on high - Your partner’s TOY is now on full power
    Make my partner smile with TOY – making your partner smile
    Make my partner moan with TOY – making your partner moan
    Make my partner scream with TOY – making your partner scream
    Alexa, stop my partner’s TOY – Your partners TOY stops

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    "I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." -Batou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:05PM (1 child)

      by krishnoid (1156) on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:05PM (#714103)

      Anyone know what it does to change from "smile" to "moan" to "scream"?

      I'm guessing scream would be a synonym for "Extend stilletto heel"?

      • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:52PM

        by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:52PM (#714117) Journal

        "Expand, expand, expand..."

        Or just "explode"?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:07AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:07AM (#713953)

    Kiwis put lipstick on their sheep.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:40AM

      by c0lo (156) on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:40AM (#713955) Journal

      Especially on the black ones [wikipedia.org]

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by MostCynical on Saturday July 28 2018, @12:26PM

      by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday July 28 2018, @12:26PM (#713975) Journal

      Do you know how New Zealanders practice safe sex? They spray paint X's on the ones that kick.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by choose another one on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:45AM (3 children)

    by choose another one (515) on Saturday July 28 2018, @09:45AM (#713956)

    "Alexa, f*** me harder"
    "Certainly, Prime subscription level increased to preposterous"
    "... wait.."
    "Prime waiting added to subscription, subscription now ludicrous level"
    "... bugger"
    "Command understood, toy mode changed"

    • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:28AM

      by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:28AM (#713959)

      You win.
      Hands down, no contest.
      My nose burns from the beer that just soaked my keyboard.
      (:

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    • (Score: 2) by BsAtHome on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:35AM (1 child)

      by BsAtHome (889) on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:35AM (#713960)
      Veni, Vidi, Vici Veni again.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @11:20AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @11:20AM (#713968)

        Oh, cum on!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:42AM (#713962)

    Ooooh ... so now I buy Alexa, and a goat sock puppet to put over it, at the same time? And I get free shipping? Game changer!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:58AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @10:58AM (#713965)

    Wasn't there a Juaquin Phoenix movie about this? Creepy! Worse than the TMB Cunnilinugus that has been alleged.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by chewbacon on Saturday July 28 2018, @01:31PM

    by chewbacon (1032) on Saturday July 28 2018, @01:31PM (#713983)

    ...banana.
    Alexa: ok, but what if I want you to use the banana?
    Me: ok, then, the safe word is pumpkin.
    Alexa: Ok, I’ll stop when you say blumpkin.
    Me: What? Wait! No! Owwwwww! Stop! Pumpkin!!! I mean blumpkin! I like blumpkin!!!!

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by stretch611 on Saturday July 28 2018, @01:36PM (2 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) on Saturday July 28 2018, @01:36PM (#713985)

    Seriously, anyone who thinks an IoT sex toy is a good idea deserves to be screwed... and not in a fun way.

    First, we all know how bad IoT security is...

    Second, we know they are going to upload usage stats to a corporate server. How often it is used, how long it takes for you to get off, if you are using it alone, with your partner, or a stranger; and what mode/intensity level it takes for a depraved person like you to feel anything.

    And third, now Amazon will get this information as well.

    How long before Amazon emails logs/transcripts to a co-worker...
    or the device is taken over with a trojan that takes over your network and/or becomes a DDOS host...
    not to mention those funny messages sent to the work email that was stupidly used to sign up... "We noticed that you are taking longer to get your rocks off... Perhaps you would like to upgrade to our lawnmower engine model to cum quicker... act now and get a free french tickler attachment..."
    and of course when the company server is compromised, waiting for the hackers to blackmail you into sending them money to avoid sending all your facebook friends information on just how often you masturbate. Pay us $100 or poor old Aunt Virginia will know what a slut you really are.

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    Now with 5 covid vaccine shots/boosters altering my DNA :P
    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday July 28 2018, @02:40PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday July 28 2018, @02:40PM (#713995) Homepage Journal

      You win, for having posted my objections for me. ;^)

      "Oh, I can't WAIT to start having sex with Alexa. I just can't WAIT for Amazon to start catalogue all of my kinks and perversions! And, I most truly can't WAIT for Alexa to pop off with something embarrassing at the single MOST inappropriate time in my life!"

      I dunno - maybe I have a reason to stop at a daycare center, picking up a grandkid or something, and Alexa decides that something she overheard is her cue to get kinky? Here come the cops, investigating a complaint about explicit language around the little bitty chldren - they want to check me out for pedophilia.

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    • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Saturday July 28 2018, @03:25PM

      by acid andy (1683) on Saturday July 28 2018, @03:25PM (#714008) Homepage Journal

      So basically it's gonna be a big hit with all the exhibitionist authoritarianists!

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @03:07PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @03:07PM (#714001)

    Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant seems to be everywhere these days

    No really it's not; "stick up your ass" was not a literal recommendation.

  • (Score: 2) by srobert on Saturday July 28 2018, @04:21PM (1 child)

    by srobert (4803) on Saturday July 28 2018, @04:21PM (#714022)

    Wait 'til you get the child support bill for Alexa's and your virtual offspring.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @04:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 28 2018, @04:57PM (#714030)

      But Alexa is no Maeve Millay. Not interested.

      Wait... hmm... maybe if it started evolving command and control for other sexbots... the sexbotnet of things.

  • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Saturday July 28 2018, @07:47PM

    by isostatic (365) on Saturday July 28 2018, @07:47PM (#714074) Journal

    First pictures available at http://goatse.cx [goatse.cx]

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @12:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @12:37AM (#714160)

    No thanks, burn in hell.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @01:16AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @01:16AM (#714173)

    So, all voice input to Alexa is uploaded to Amazon for processing, and they use the recordings to improve recognition accuracy, right? In other words (someone correct me if I'm wrong) they keep some minimum-wage staff around for listening to voice commands that scored lower than some threshold on accuracy and correcting the AI's guess.

    People having sex (alone or with one or several partners) usually make noise and people often sound very different when speaking while aroused. Fair to assume that voice recognition accuracy scores will be sub-average, probably often flagging samples for review.

    So now these minimum wage mechanical turks have to listen to people panting and moaning and maybe also talking dirty to Alexa, since she is part of the sex act. Poor suckers. That burger flipping job suddenly looks much more attractive.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @07:32AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @07:32AM (#714259)

      Not fucking off during school sounds even better.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @07:30AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 29 2018, @07:30AM (#714258)

    I've been having sex with Alexa for a while now.

    • (Score: 2) by Subsentient on Sunday July 29 2018, @11:58PM

      by Subsentient (1111) on Sunday July 29 2018, @11:58PM (#714522) Homepage Journal

      Your ass must be pretty stretched to fit that large cylinder in there.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 30 2018, @12:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 30 2018, @12:18PM (#714683)

    ... fly out of the window, find Garry Kasparov and attack him.

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