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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: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @07:34PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @07:34PM (#900487)

    Not a SINGLE Futurama reference [wikipedia.org]??

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  • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Sunday September 29 2019, @08:43PM (4 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) on Sunday September 29 2019, @08:43PM (#900510)

    Great reference!!!

    Personally, I do prefer a video/youtube [youtube.com] reference for futurama so I can see it again.

    And as a scary thought... There are actually people in the workforce now that were born after Futurama started.

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    • (Score: 3, Touché) by PartTimeZombie on Monday September 30 2019, @12:50AM (3 children)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Monday September 30 2019, @12:50AM (#900633)

      There are actually people in the workforce now that were born after Futurama started.

      Don't be bloody stupid, Futurama started in 1999. That's only 10 years ago.

      • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Monday September 30 2019, @03:13AM (2 children)

        by stretch611 (6199) on Monday September 30 2019, @03:13AM (#900654)

        Hmmm....

        I don't see sarcasm in that response...

        I may very well be stupid... But, for me anyway, simple math isn't one of my problems.

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        • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Monday September 30 2019, @07:28PM (1 child)

          by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Monday September 30 2019, @07:28PM (#900949)

          Well, it may just be that I'm old.

          • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Tuesday October 01 2019, @03:29AM

            by stretch611 (6199) on Tuesday October 01 2019, @03:29AM (#901109)

            So am I...

            Past the half century...

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