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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday September 29 2019, @01:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the johnson-and-not-johnson dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

In recent years, sex dolls have become increasing sophisticated and realistic in their resemblance to human beings, including mechanized components, and are thus now referred to as humanoid sex robots. Some media outlets have gone as far as to suggest that sex robots and other social robots will eventually become almost indistinguishable from humans.

This has sparked a number of interesting ethical and philosophical debates related to the significance of these robots and the possibility that future machines will replicate the physical intimacy between two people. In a recent study featured in Springer's International Journal of Social Robotics, two researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Bergamo in Italy have taken a closer look at some of the current arguments and predictions about sex robots, carrying out an ethics-based and critical discourse analysis.

"We started our joint research to debunk some myths and misunderstandings in the media regarding the future of artificial intelligence," Deborah Johnson and Mario Verdicchio, the two researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore. "We were struck by how fundamentally flawed some of the ideas were and especially the assumption that the computational version of some aspects of reality are the same as the real thing."

In their paper, Johnson and Verdicchio essentially challenge the perception of humanoid sex robots as robotic substitutes of lovers and companions. They argue that although humanoid robots may look and act more and more like human beings in the future, the claim that they will eventually replace humans is far-fetched and far from a certainty.

"Our research is aimed at showing that humanoid sex robots could come to be understood in ways that keep their status as machines, albeit technologically very sophisticated machines." Johnson and Verdicchio said.

Deborah G. Johnson et al. Constructing the Meaning of Humanoid Sex Robots, International Journal of Social Robotics (2019). DOI: 10.1007/s12369-019-00586-z


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @03:57PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @03:57PM (#900346)

    It would be nice to have something to stick it in that isn't going to make you regret the fact the next day.

    Robots don't get knocked up. They don't get VD. They don't fuck every single one of your friends in alphabetical order because you dumped them. They don't make false claims and try to hang you up in jail.

    If a robot was physically indistinguishable from a woman the only parts it wouldn't be better for, is the sense of personal connection and the baby maker. The latter will be robotic soon enough. As for the former, well the physicality related to that doesn't have to be sexual in nature at all.

    So it will change the way people experience each other in a big way. Fortunately one of those ways, is it will make men more likely to tell women the truth once in a while.

    Yes, most of the compliments we give you are about trying to get in your pants. No you really aren't are smart as we say, no you really aren't as pretty as we say, yes you do look like a pork-roll in that dress. Your work sucks, and the reason you didn't get promo even though your review was good, was because your review was about avoiding a sexual discrimination suit, and had nothing at all to do with how awesome you think you are.

    Of course I must be a woman hater because I said any of that. But if guys are getting a quality lay without the hangover, you can expect to hear all of that a lot more.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by takyon on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:35PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:35PM (#900379) Journal

    They don't get VD.

    https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/everything-need-know-sex-robot-brothel-opening-houston/ [texasmonthly.com]

    If the patrons all use condoms, then the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is probably low. Stacey Townsend, CEO of Real Love Sex Dolls, the Austin-based company that leads the industry in human-shaped sex toys, told the Houston Chronicle that the devices are meant to be used by one person, and one person only—though her business model does involve selling, and not renting, the devices. They “cannot be completely sterilized after use,” she told the paper.

    ;)

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:41PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:41PM (#900385) Homepage

    Well, I would say right away that it would bring some common-sense back into women if they want to compete to be desirable, but even "classy" women are perfectly willing to be prostitutes for 80 year old men as long as those men give them their "allowance" of thousands of dollars a month, so no. Sexbots it will be!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @07:58AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @07:58AM (#900728)

    The general idea of more real sex dolls is good as a replacement, as in modern society ugly males are totally omitted not only from sex, but also from being close to someone at all.
    However, the screeching about raping a tool is made because this would make these males not buy certain products for them and there is a whole industry focused only on such products.
    If an ugly male is exploited, this is totally acceptable.

    • (Score: 2) by Arik on Tuesday October 01 2019, @06:59AM

      by Arik (4543) on Tuesday October 01 2019, @06:59AM (#901161) Journal
      "The general idea of more real sex dolls is good as a replacement, as in modern society ugly males are totally omitted not only from sex, but also from being close to someone at all."

      I could not disagree more. It's not a good idea at all. A sex doll is not a replacement for human interaction. It's a fraud.

      But it's not an initial fraud. It's a symptom of a problem already far progressed. And in that context, it's relatively benign. Better a sex doll than a viciously abusive relationship.

      "However, the screeching about raping a tool is made because this would make these males not buy certain products for them and there is a whole industry focused only on such products."

      Well, sure, that's part of it. Part of it is the modern so-called feminism, which is offended by the notion of anything that reduces female privilege for any reason or in any context. Fewer sexually deprived men is always a bad thing in their mind.

      "If an ugly male is exploited, this is totally acceptable."

      He doesn't even have to be ugly, though that helps.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @07:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @07:53PM (#900965)

    Of course I must be a woman hater because I said any of that. But if guys are getting a quality lay without the hangover, you can expect to hear all of that a lot more.

    I won't make that argument.

    Rather, I'll just point out that for me, sharing a sexual experience with someone means more than just me having an orgasm.

    Before I even *want* to be physically intimate with someone, I have to like and be attracted to them *and* have those feelings be reciprocated.

    When that bar is met, we can enjoy each other and gain more pleasure from the activity for both of us. That's pretty satisfying IMHO.

    If you just want to get off, or are focused solely on your own pleasure, then that sexual activity (even if it's with another actual human) is inherently masturbatory.

    I figure that I can do that all by myself, without any help from anyone else.

    That's not to say that I need to be in a relationship with someone to have non-masturbatory sex.

    Do what you think is best for you. But be aware that others (even men like myself) have other ideas about such things.

    When I was younger and traveled a lot, I did patronize prostitutes a bunch of times. And I always found the experience to be much less satisfying than with someone who wanted to be with me because of who I am, not because I paid them.

    As such, I stopped doing so and find that my non-solo sexual activities are much more satisfying and gratifying.