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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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @08:04PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @08:04PM (#900498)

    The only people who could have a moral issue with sexbots, are those who view masturbation as a sin.

    Just wait a few months when President Pence makes this sin a law of the land.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @08:23PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 29 2019, @08:23PM (#900502)

    "Thou shalt not commit the sin of Onan! Let the heathen spill his seed upon the ground!" []

    (This is why VP Pence never allows himself to alone in a room with Rosy Palm!)

    • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Tuesday October 01 2019, @10:26PM (1 child)

      by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 01 2019, @10:26PM (#901522) Homepage Journal

      Onan's sin was refusing to impregnate his brother's widow.

      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday October 02 2019, @03:02AM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Wednesday October 02 2019, @03:02AM (#901684) Journal

        Expecting "Christian" jackoffs to know their own religion is an exercise in futility. How do you think we ended up with Christian endorsement of Trump, the guy who basically personifies all of the 7 deadly sins in one ugly, wobbling, day-glo orange body?

        I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday September 30 2019, @07:21PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday September 30 2019, @07:21PM (#900943) Journal

    Yes, and that's what they have to look forward to if they get rid of Trump.

    The phrase, "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire," springs to mind.

    Washington DC delenda est.