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In Steven Spielberg’s AI (Artificial Intelligence), Jude Law plays smoking hot Gigolo Joe, a male prostitute “mecha” – a new class robot humanoids of the 22nd century. But according to New Zealand based academics, Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars, a Gigolo Joe could be at our disposal in less than 30 years. In their paper Robots, …

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Anonymous Coward

Android sex?

I doubt I'm the first to say, but I tried doing it with my android but got all cut up on the micro usb socket.

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Re: Android sex?

Come android 6.9 you will be able to unlock your phone with a seamen sample. Not that it will stop some wanker trying to hack into your phone.

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Re: Android sex?

A "seamen" sample? So, is "hello, sailor" the password or the safeword for the android?!

Sorry, sorry, sorry...

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Re: Android sex?

I'm pleased to know mine is too big to fit in the micro usb slot

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Re: Android sex?

Oh woe to ye who go about saying unto each, 'Hello, Sailor.'

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Re: Android sex?

USB 3.0 extra wide?

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Re: Android sex?

The socket's probably a bit loose for you. Trying looking for one with a more snug fit.

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Re: Android sex?

Would work early on but after a while digital pimps will get sick and tired of real flesh eating into their bottom line. Thus the robot digital pimp will with his high IQ will make his own body guard to flush out and kill REAL HUMAN sex workers. Soon then there will be a hunt for these killers and then the android VS human war will begin. Since they have real AI then they have morals and thus robots will start also their own religion devoid of any human being their god.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Android sex?

Why Android sex?

because everyone knows Apple don't do sex

Sorry mines the coat with the pockets full of C cells.

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Re: Android sex?

The sad part is on the fact that you were able to introduce anything in there...

Paris cause she has no space fitting problem....

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They're just missing one detail.

Take the human aspect out of any kind of sex, remove the other person having feelings and desires of their own, and you're masturbating.

Don't need robots to do that.

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so wrong but here goes

Robots could be useful for golden and chocolate showers as flying solo for those type of things probably isn't really easy without hoses, etc.

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We gentlemen might not need robots, but...

... Anne Summers still do good business in things that take batteries, I have been led to believe. Vibrators were invented by Victorian doctors so as to save themselves from having to perform RSI-provoking actions. Their clinics specialised in treating the latest nervous malady of the day - 'hysteria' - and their patients were wealthy ladies. Sometimes, it seems the 'feelings and desires' of these ladies might have been 'I want to get off. Now. And Simply.'

: D

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@Mycho

"Take the human aspect out of any kind of sex, remove the other person having feelings and desires of their own, and you're masturbating."

You make that sound like a bad thing (Gene Hunt).

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Yes but they make it more fun

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"remove the other person having feelings and desires of their own"

You can be assured that this is already somebody's fetish. There is inevitably porn of it.

But seriously, don't need robots in order to masturbate? The sex toy industry is non-trivial in size, demonstrating that a significant number of people actually like the use of accessories. Sure, you don't need em, but when has that ever stopped anyone?

And I'm disappointed in you that you assume the only use is glorified masturbation. Who says other humans can't be involved as well? Threesomes are logistically and socially inconvenient for many people, after all.

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re: mycho

It's not stopped people buying Real Dolls. I couldn't think of anything creepier than having sex with a still and lifeless body though. Also, how do you store it when it's not in use? Sit it in front of the tele?

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@AC14:09

"I couldn't think of anything creepier than having sex with a still and lifeless body though"

You're obviously not married then.

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Re: @AC15:36

I am married. Perhaps you're doing it wrong?

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@AC19:59

Terribly sorry, but I had to downvote you for (trying to) ruin(ing) the joke

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Long time coming

Read about this in a SF short story 40 years ago.

Don't boffins understand humans' prime motivation?

Ok, other humans

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Re: Long time coming

Paul Macauley wrote about it more recently. Something about genetically engineered "dolls", robo-hookers in Fairyland or something. Then, of course, Gibson alluded to it in Neuromancer: Molly, a real human, had an electronic cut-out circuit that made her go through pre-programmed routines for a john.

Does art imitate life or the other way round?

You know something? I'm starting to get really weirded-out by this sort of stuff. Hence the icon. I think I need more of it.

Colin

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Re: Long time coming

Possibly Brian Aldiss?

In a short story related to 'A.I', (and included in a compilation of the same name) the board of the company discuss the marketing of sex robots.

In the preface to the book, Aldiss expresses frustration that Kubrick wanted to make a Spielbergh-style popular film. Reading these short stories shows Aldiss wanted the film to be much darker.

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Pretty sure it was one of the American writers, because of the pre-60's sensibilities.

A youngish married couple engage a robot butler/housekeeper who turns out to be a James Bond lookalike. "He" and the lady of the house end up doing what comes naturally ..er ..yeah.

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which was parodied in a Simpson's Treehouse of Horror- Pierce Brosnan provided the voice.

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@PhilipN

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Isaac Asimov (April 1951). It's a First Law story; to quote Susan Calvin: "[The robot] couldn't allow harm to come a human being, and harm was coming to Clare Belment through her own sense of inadequacy. So [the robot] made love to her, since what woman would fail to appreciate the compliment of being able to stir passion in a machine - in a cold. soulless machine."

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Re: Long time coming

Well, this is interesting.

On the one side we have the sex toy industry beavering away [pun intended!] to make ever more lifelike sex dolls. On the other side we have the media and plastic surgery industries combining to convince insecure women that the secret of happiness lies in modifying the human body to look less like a real flesh'n'blood person and more like an artificial sex doll.

With both sides on course for a head-on collision in this way, I can well believe that it won't be too long in the future 'til the difference between advanced sex toy and over-enthusiastic aficionada of cosmetic surgery becomes too close to call.

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"Anther economic by product would be a whole new IT/robotics industry vertical based on the creation, servicing and upgrading on fleets of humanised, sexualised, android sex armies."

Well, working in IT wouldn't be so bad then. After all, everything HAS to be "tested".

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Things are bad enough already...

It's bad enough when you find pubes in the keyboard, dubious sticky stains or 'amateur pr0n' on the computer that you have been asked to fix. This would take IT support to a whole new level...

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Ever heard of real doll? add a few servos, motors and a Rasberry Pi and your nearly there already!

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Is there anywhere you can't put a Raspberry Pi?

Ahem.

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Re: Is there anywhere you can't put a Raspberry Pi?

Better wait for the next upgrade with a more flexible interface - the Raspberry Bi.

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You may want the smaller version - the Raspberry Tart.

(Really, they nearly write themselves, don't they?)

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Paris Hilton

You'd get to choose the "bot" of your dreams.

Just think of the licensing opportunities for body copies of the stars.

I know which "botty" I'd choose, . . . but it's not Red Dwarf's, "The Last Day" robotic Marilyn Monroe version.

Of course there's going to be the second hand, reconditioned market as well. When the robots get worn out, just like tyres, you could give them a retread and sell them off cheap as Pamela Anderson.

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Re: You'd get to choose the "bot" of your dreams.

Had to chuckle when I misread it as retard....

But then again if you are talking about Pam Anderson, the word is redundant

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What could possibly go wrong?

Its 3d (4d?) porn.

Sex completely on your own terms without the need for any consideration for your partner. In fact, you can own your sex partner if you pay enough cash.

No-one to tell you to pick up your socks off the floor, no-one to complain when you orgasm first and promptly fall asleep, no-one who is tired from dealing with the kids, no-one who wants to talk about their day, no-one with a physical imperfection, no-one who is snappy due to sleep issues.

No, of course that wouldn't become a habit. It would be easy to form a relationship with someone used to all that.

This is just one step away from the last human invention - the holodeck.

And to think we were worried about destroying ourselves with atom bombs...

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Well it could be a cure for over-population and associated ills :)

Assuming the religious nutters don't get all hot about it threatening their business model.

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Actually.. the religious nuts will probably continue to do sex the old fashioned way, especially if this is seen as "unnatural, impure, etc...". What may happen is that birthrates will fall for those who use these bots (especially if they form long term childless bonds with them), while the religious ones will continue to breed, resulting in a demographic shift towards the faithful.

How that would affect society in the future, I guess we'll see :)

Not my cup of tea personally, the thing I love most about the girls I dated is that they are their own people, with opinions, thoughts and feelings, rather than a robotic equivalent to a sycophant, but whatever tickles your tackle. Each to his own, etc....

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

well... there is the story in some scifi series, about a sex droid that got 'stuck in a loop' while doing its 'best ever BJ'... the guy could not / would not want to get up.. eventually starved to death...

oh, wait... a similar thing has already happened in japan, guy did not want to stop playing the on-line game.... ROFL

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

"Well it could be a cure for over-population"

Not necessarily ... just ask Lintilla, or Lintilla, or Lintilla or any of their other 800 thousand million sisters!

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Ironically, the Futurama episode about Robosexuality was just on last night... I thought their take on the religious aspect of it was quite appropriate.

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Unhappy

Nothing for the girls?

No an(as in male)droids?

Or have the researchers never actually seen a real woman so don't know we exist.

Oh, wait!

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Re: Nothing for the girls?

You might enjoy the video that results from popping 'David Prometheus' into YouTube, if the comments left there by the girls are anything to judge by!

I'm clueless, but it seems the positive views are because the android looks like Michael Fassbender and is willing to do things his human colleagues might find 'unethical'.

[ It's advertisement for a new line of Synthetic Person by Weyland Industries - the latest 'Prometheus' film 'viral' video. ]

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Re: Nothing for the girls?

Not to worry! It wasn't exactly highlighted, but it does say "The Yub-Yum offers a range of sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features."

Presumably the "gods" are there for women, though of course not exclusively.

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Re: Nothing for the girls?

"No an(as in male)droids?"

Are you kidding...? You'll get the best of both worlds: You'll have a mobile Android with an iPud.

(If it counts for anything, I'm really very, very sorry about that one...)

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Re: Nothing for the girls?

well dont you already have 'sybian' and other sex machines ??

It is easy to make a simple robot for mens sexual needs, but womens needs are MUCH more complex..

http://static.dailystrength.org/groupfiles/0/8/6/4/10004680/g_1130290177.jpg

and women wonder why men find it so difficult!!!

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Not going to happen

Firstly of course because by 2050 the Amsterdam sex club will probably have to be partially submersible thanks to the likes of Orlowski and Lewis at this fair website. But mostly because if there's a humanoid robot to be had, the military will get it before the pornographers do. That's the way technology always works. After that, we all know the rest of the story.

(Also, obligatory DON'T DATE ROBOTS!)

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Re: Not going to happen

I was going to say "consider the history of photography- and then of film, and later media- and it seems pornographers always got there with in a year or two of any invention"

but then I thought of 'the internet'. Your point stands, sir!

. Does anyone here know when the first naughty picture was put on the internet?

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@Dave 126 (was: Re: Not going to happen)

Well ... I first saw ASCII-art tits online in ~1975.

I had ARPANET access a little later. Pornographic images were shared all over the dorms, right from the git-go. What do you expect from college boys, away from home for the first time & trying not to die from testosterone poisoning?

Grandpa had me beat in the "high-tech porn" department by about a century.

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Re: Not going to happen

No, since the military has no need for anatomically correct bots, they can build bots for war already.. .

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