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For those of you who need closure on that poll, whoever you hate the most won. Now let's move on to more important matters.

I am filled with questions about this article. First, and most obviously, there are those who are going to look a the headline and think, man, can you believe that in only 40 years, we can have sex with robots? And then there are those who are going to look at that headline and think, shit, 40 goddamn years before we can have sex with robots? Guess which camp I fall into.

Additionally, check out the robots for some fun double standard action. The girl robots are total sexpot body2hotties, while the guy robot is a flat-faced melvin. Pretty much any woman on Earth could nail a guy like that just by walking past a MicroCenter in a tube top. Why would you want a sex robot that looked like that? Obviously, the sex robot designers are all dudes and they are worried about being jealous of their own creations. I bet he has a tiny little robo-crank, too.

Then there's this:

"If you want to, you can have a robot that is completely faithful, or you can have a robot that is programmed to be completely faithful so long as you're completely faithful, or a robot that strays every now and again. It just depends on what you want."

Okay, I'm no expert on the human heart, but WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU WANT A SEX ROBOT THAT'S GOING TO CHEAT ON YOU? How self-loathing can you possibly be? Folks, I hate myself more than pretty much anyone in the world, and even I am not going to shell out fifty grand for a sex robot who thinks I'm not good enough for her.


Jul. 1st, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
That sex-geisha looks like Henry Rollins.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm just trying to figure out how a sex-robot would cheat on you. Wouldn't that require a whole 'nother level of A.I.?
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
The cheating robots are for people who crave the drama.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Shit, they oughtta save some money then. It ain't like human drama is so hard to come by.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Also, I call your attention to the male robot pictured on that page, vs. the female robots.

I'm guessing the robot designers are mostly male? Which leads me to think that it could be well into the 30th Century before we see male sex robots that are actually fuckable.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
But... but... but... if you wanted to have sex with a robot wouldn't the whole point be that it looked like a proper robot with sharp edges, whirling dials, flailing tubular arms and flashing lights? Otherwise you might just as well _______ a ________ (insert punchline as appropriate).
Jul. 1st, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Cuckold. Fetish.

Note that this is not incompatible with the self-loathing theory.
Jul. 1st, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I just don't understand people.
Jul. 1st, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
"Rümelin's refusal to succumb to Sacher-Masoch's cuckolding fantasies was one of the causes of their separation and her subsequent descent into poverty."

Boy, talk about about not being an expert on the human heart. I would think that refusing to succumb to a masochist's fantasies would be part of the turn-on.

"Oh, come on. Do it!"
"No. No no no!"
"I'm begging you!!"
Jul. 1st, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Okay, now you've got me thinking. If a sex robot is programmed to only be, say, 75% faithful, would it just sit around waiting to be propositioned by someone else? Or would it take the role of the aggressor when necessary, seeking out additional partners to satisfy that 25% itch?

"Honey, you're an hour late. What happened?"

"Oh, I got attacked by another sex robot".
Jul. 1st, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
We're outsourcing sexbot design to Asia?

Oh, and I'm sure there'll be a line of hot male sexbots once gay men get involved in their design. Women will just have to tweak the software to get the hardware (I can't believe I said that) to work for them.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
The girl robots are total sexpot body2hotties, while the guy robot is a flat-faced melvin.

I think this observation is outweighed by the fact that all of them are utterly creepy. They look like refugees from a Vincent Price movie.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
all of your friends were too much like OMG LOOK OUT THE WINDOW to make it to the second half of the article, but this disturbed me too:

"Levy wouldn't exclude robots from child rearing either. "You can't envisage traditional reproduction with a robot, but technology will develop and there will be some sort of process that involves a robot contributing to the personality and psychological makeup of a child," he said."

so they'll be bioengineering your offspring so that they behave more like a cheating Henry Rollins sex robot.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
yeah, but you have to compare that to the massive psychological damage I would inflict on my hypothetical offspring if I were going to raise it! At least this way its tattoos will be better!
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
don't do it! that's how Jehovah's Witnesses get made
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Your search - "henry rollins smiling" - did not match any documents.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's like those men who get off on watching other men have sex with their wives at swingers' parties? Or kind of a pride of ownership thing? "My robot is SO HOT that everybody wants to fuck her! Woo hoo!"

Maybe they hope the lady robot will go off and have exciting sex adventures with others, then come home and share the stories and it will somehow be titallating?