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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: 3, Insightful) by shortscreen on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:10PM (5 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:10PM (#900358) Journal

    Probably. Best not ponder why some of the dolls are only 4'6" too

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:49PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @04:49PM (#900392)

    You don't have to ponder very hard. Fuck's sake... []

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Nuke on Sunday September 29 2019, @06:44PM (2 children)

      by Nuke (3162) on Sunday September 29 2019, @06:44PM (#900461)

      That one is disturbingly similar to a GF I once had, Eurasian 19yo who looked 14 and was always being challenged about her age in pubs. Her personality and physical reaction levels would be very similar too; drop-dead pretty face though.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @05:17AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @05:17AM (#900695)

        That one is disturbing

        You could have stopped right there.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @05:36AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30 2019, @05:36AM (#900701)

          But he didn't stop. He fucked his 14yo looking Eurasian GF repeatedly, because he is a Chad and you are a dirty Incel.

  • (Score: 2) by ElizabethGreene on Sunday September 29 2019, @06:48PM

    by ElizabethGreene (6748) Subscriber Badge on Sunday September 29 2019, @06:48PM (#900463) Journal

    There are two reasons for this. The first is the obvious. The second is that 50-60 kilos is a lot of dead weight to move around. If you pick up a full size doll the wrong way you can rip the TPU skin off.