At the second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots that wrapped earlier this week in London, Dr. Trudy Barber said it's only a matter of time—perhaps less than 25 years—before intercourse with machines becomes the norm and "the real thing" is relegated to special occasions.
We humans have long held a fascination with robots in all shapes and forms. But there's a big difference between them turning us on for immediate, brainless gratification and having relationships with the things. (In case you missed it, the word "Love" is in the name of that conference.)
Hey, we get it. There's something alluring about buying or building a sex robot that looks like your favorite celeb. Or it could be sad and subservient looking. Hell, why not grab two and have an impromptu threesome—or "menage a Tron" as it may be called.
But once you add artificial intelligence into the equation, you essentially have a computerized concubine that reads and responds to your situational needs and pleases you beyond just physically. Dr. Barber sees this as a good thing.
“The idea of engaging in long-distance sex and robot sex is actually a natural process in our evolutionary cycle,” she said. “I think what will happen is that they will make real-time relationships more valuable and exciting.”
In the meantime, at least we have virtual reality and 3D holographic porn. You know, if you're looking for a way to get immersed in technology, without all the long-term commitment of a cyber-surrogate sex and love partner.
h/t: The Telegraph