Who can resist clicking onto the headline “Is Sex with Robots Possible?” Certainly not I. MSNBC directed me to an article about the future of human interaction with robots, even discussing the possibility of marriage of man to machine. I immediately thought of the movies “Lars and the Real Girl (not a robot, but not real either),” “Blade Runner,” “The Stepford Wives,” “Star Wars”—although C3PO would drive me crazy with his prissiness and R2D2 is just too short.
The upshot of the story was that “Love and sex with robots are inevitable.” So says a guy named David Levy, who successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He says eventually robots will be developed to have more human characteristics (just like they’ve already been portrayed in sci fi books and film), and soon you’ll be doing the rumba with your Roomba.
Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts. How would you program your artificially intelligent significant other? Just think of a flatulence-free bedroom.