When the time comes — and you know it will — would you marry your robot? If yes, why? If not, why not?
Here’s the research suggesting we’re soon going to be loving metal and plastic more than blood and flesh:
David Levy, a British artificial intelligence researcher…
wrote in his thesis, “Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners,”
that trends in robotics and shifting attitudes on marriage are likely
to result in sophisticated robots that will eventually be seen as
suitable marriage partners….
The thesis examines human attitudes toward affection, love and
sexuality and concluded that the findings are just as applicable to
human interaction with robots of the future as they are to the
relationships between humans of today.
If you are a man — do you currently have any sexual experience with
soft plastic? A blow up doll? A rubber vagina?
If you are a woman — do you have any present sexual experience with a
vibrator? Plastic penises? Other mechanical devices?
If we seek private sexual pleasure in the mechanical, why would we not
seek public psychic sorrow in marriage… to a robot?
Is the leap from obedient machine and submissive rubber to cogent robot
and artificial intelligence one too hard to ponder and a conceit too
impossible to consider?
Would you vote for a robot president?
Would you accept a robot teacher in the classroom?
Would you allow a robot physician to operate on you?
Would you want a robot judge in the courtroom?