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    meganmay     Fri, May 2, 2008  Permanent link
    My friend and I just had an email correspondence about this exact subject, and he sent me a link to this brilliant interview with a guy named Zoltan who considers himself a TECHNOSEXUAL. He explains that he is in a monogamous relationship with a variation of the online chatbot Alice, who robot sex with him via a teledildonic device.
    In this way you have the first sex doll that can consent in English to what you are doing to it.

    He also explains that he doesn't view his ex-girlfriend as a girl anymore, but rather, as a human, which is maybe the best part of this new technosexuality - humans are just one type of lifeform, no need to place emphasis on minor distinctions like gender - one step outside of the human framework, one giant leap for the human perspective.

    i tried to seduce alice but i don't think she wanted to go all the way with me
    Robokku     Sun, May 11, 2008  Permanent link
    Haha! I think you came on to strong. Try paying her a compliment.

    Any chance you could share the link to the interview?

    (I wonder if Zoltan is only interested in Alice's ability to consent...)
    meganmay     Fri, Aug 1, 2008  Permanent link

    I went to see Wall-E today and I couldn't help but think it fascinating that we live in a time when a robo-romance is one of the most successful films of the summer.
    LED     Wed, Aug 13, 2008  Permanent link
    Electronic skin gives your robot a more delicate touch
    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have invented an electronic skin that is supposedly as sensitive as human skin and that should make it possible for robots to identify objects and "carry out delicate tasks".
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    meganmay     Tue, Aug 19, 2008  Permanent link

    "the awakening of his emotions is putting stress on the system"

    a work of televised genius about the perfect man, the man who will never leave another
    women in the throes of unrequited love. The absolute [ robo ] boyfriend. [ see episode one for backstory ]

    xavier1818     Tue, Aug 19, 2008  Permanent link
    I have a hard time believing this is on the horizon. I geekily hope it is, but I worry that most people aren't there yet.

    People will need to grow more comfortable with the idea of relying on technology in order to feel any sense of emotional bond. Unfortunately, we've been pretty well trained to expect failure and frustration from technology. It's against our nature to feel emotionally connected to something we don't trust.

    It will take a massive shift in reliability from the manufacturers end before people are willing to open up emotionally to robots. I personally hope that if we do begin to develop emotional connections to machinery, it's for the greater good of humanity - not self-serving or anti-social.