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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) by Arik on Monday September 30 2019, @12:54PM (2 children)

    by Arik (4543) on Monday September 30 2019, @12:54PM (#900767) Journal
    "I would agree with your pessimism if we take it to the next level: governments ban unauthorized AI hardware out of fear of murderbots [soylentnews.org], Skynet, AI-assisted superhackers, or whatever. Or the Campaign Against Sex Robots succeeds at getting bans or restrictions in place. "

    That might well happen, but it's not necessarily required.

    Developing these things takes money. There are investors. The investors are likely to demand this even if the government doesn't mandate it.

    Their "AI" will have to stay under their control, reporting to them, increasing their profit by hook or crook.

    "Gorean"

    Have you actually read any of his books?

    Take your basic formula bodice-ripper, pure female fantasy; mix in a dash of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser for flavor (and in an attempt to get more male readers?) and you've pretty much got Gor. If that was the motivation I guess it's somewhat successful, I suspect a male reader is more likely to finish one of John Norman's books than one of Johanna Lindsey's - but not by a very large margin. Personally I find them both a bit ponderous, and frankly too often boring.
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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday September 30 2019, @02:48PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Monday September 30 2019, @02:48PM (#900805) Journal

    It's $CURRENT_YEARĀ±2 and unacceptable!

    Blast from the past: Drupal Fires Contributor for Practicing BDSM [soylentnews.org]

    Of course, the main cancellable offense will be PEDOBOTS:

    No Evidence Yet for the Benefits or Downsides of Sex Robots and "Pedobots" [soylentnews.org]

    No ageplay on the server.

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    • (Score: 2) by Arik on Tuesday October 01 2019, @06:49AM

      by Arik (4543) on Tuesday October 01 2019, @06:49AM (#901157) Journal
      Exactly.

      The promise of the personal computer, betrayed, destroyed, salted and tilled under.

      Computer usage will only be allowed under strict supervision, from your corporate overlords, enforcing the terms of service demanded by the PRC.
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