Sunday, 4 June 2017

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

quote [ The long read: The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no ]

If you don't feel like doing all the reading, there's a video near the top which is how I first found this article.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 laz0r]
[by Spork@8:37pmGMT]

Comments

lilmookieesquire said @ 10:21pm GMT on 4th Jun [Score:1 Underrated]
I just feel like, at the end of the day, wanking is free and you don't have to clean up the sex doll. Also a box of tissues next to your bed is a lot less conspicuous.
rylex said @ 11:45pm GMT on 4th Jun
you have to clean up the sex doll?!?!

would rather deal with any amount of nagging a real woman has to offer any day of the week than do that.
damnit said @ 3:08am GMT on 5th Jun [Score:1 Informative]
A decade browsing through weird porn sites has shown me people filming themselves sexing sex dolls and they finish outside or on their hand rather than clean up a sex doll.
youchoose said @ 12:25am GMT on 5th Jun
Hire a sex doll cleaner? (What a horrible profession that would be.)
arrowhen said @ 6:11am GMT on 5th Jun
New startup idea: Uber for sex doll cleaners!
Bleb said @ 11:07am GMT on 5th Jun [Score:1 Funsightful]
LUber
Spork said @ 4:58pm GMT on 5th Jun
True, but what I thought was interesting is that the people in the article/video don't consider themselves to be making just a masturbation device. The line used repeatedly is that the function of the robot is to make people happy, and sexual release is apparently a rather small consideration of that. They want it to be person-like enough that those who find it difficult, for whatever reason, to form relationships with women (or, presumably men) can have some... one to make them feel better. Someone to come home to, someone to look after, someone to talk to about your day and have them crack jokes so they feel better. Positive reinforcement for those who can't get it. If that sounds at all farfetched look up Dave Kat (I think that's his name) who comes up in these things quite a lot. He's in the guardian video at 7m, and in the video satanspenis666 posted too. He is in a relationship with three dolls. Not theoretically or satirically, but really, actually in a relationship (others might disagree).

So the thing that really intrigues me is the interpersonal aspect, and how that affects society in 10/20 years time. An expensive thing to put your wanger in isn't overly interesting, but give that thing a voice, and a personality and a memory and it's something else. Not to mention the who rape / violence / paedophilia angle, where some say that dolls like these will offer some a way of acting on those feelings without hurting anyone, but I find it very, very hard to imagine that giving those urges positive reinforcement will lead to only good things.
satanspenis666 said @ 9:44pm GMT on 4th Jun
There was a show (I think HBO) that had a guy who repairing sex toys for a living. His garage was super creepy with all these dolls hanging in it. It showed him ripping out the used vaginas and mouths to replace them. The whole sex doll industry is full of some rather interesting characters.
satanspenis666 said @ 9:56pm GMT on 4th Jun [Score:1 WTF]
Skip to 32:30


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midden said @ 1:52am GMT on 5th Jun [Score:1 Insightful]
bill nye
cb361 said @ 9:46pm GMT on 4th Jun
I desperately need to buy a Robotic RealDoll, so that I can care for it and prove that I'm not a Robotic RealDoll myself. My Electric Sheep, on the other hand, will just be for sex.
Spork said @ 10:02pm GMT on 4th Jun
Some traditions are worth keeping alive.
arrowhen said @ 6:19am GMT on 5th Jun
Do Sex Androids Wet Dream of Electric Sheep?
cb361 said @ 8:32am GMT on 5th Jun
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...
The Dude said @ 1:31pm GMT on 5th Jun
I still jerk off manually.

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