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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

Re: Not going to happen

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

I first encounter the "web" back in the days of Mosaic 1.0 when the computer dept at NCSA (where Marc Andreesen and others developed Mosaic) maintained the basic "guides to the web" which included a "New sites this week" page (actually may have been originally this month until new sites started flooding in at a rate of several a day) where one of the CS departments of a dutch University (?Delft) proudly announced that among other things they hosted the largest collection of online porn in Europe.

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"by 2050 the Amsterdam sex club will probably have to be partially submersible"

If that's your kink, someone will surely cater to it; aside from that we're quite capable of keeping stuff dry that would otherwise be under several meters of water. There's also the option of using houseboats, as practiced in Utrecht already.

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I suppose this makes sense...

...if your idea of sex is some sort of schoolgirl fantasy that would otherwise be illegal (hmmm, and probably still would be), but surely there is a lot more to a relationship than sex? What do you have to care about for a robot except making sure "she" is charged and wiped over with a j-cloth once in a while? I suppose it could also be a great novelty item - your iPhone 20 is so yesterday, check out my iChick... However anything beyond that would suggest that humanity is screwed.

And...I'm perhaps overthinking this, but wouldn't there be whirring clicking noises from the mechanics? That could be offputting...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: I suppose this makes sense...

Duh, that's why they're pushing these hypothetical robots as prostitutes, not girlfriends. While people have been known to confuse the two, that isn't a problem unique to robots.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: I suppose this makes sense...

Or they've seen Futurama, where Fry learns a cautionary tale of when the human race was nearly wiped out because everyone was too busy with their robot boyfriend/girlfriend to do anything else (let alone procreate)!

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Re: I suppose this makes sense...

Not forgetting the risks of "Electrogonorrhea - The Noisy Killer" too...

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Re: I suppose this makes sense...

You'll have to jailbreak your iChick to get it to do anything other than missionary

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Anonymous Coward

Missionary?

You sick fuck.

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Re: I suppose this makes sense...

Am I the only one that thinks "robotic prostitute" makes no sense? Is a hire-car an "automotive prostitute", or a rented dinner suit a "clothing prostitute"? Surely "prostitution" only applies to sentient beings. These things will just be another commodity to rent or buy, like any other.

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Re: I suppose this makes sense...

"My iChick loses connection while held in any position but missionary"

"Just avoid holding it in that way. All iChicks have sensitive areas"

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Re: I suppose this makes sense...

Actually the iChick will do you from behind cause that the way Steve did his fanbois and they like it

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Anonymous Coward

Given the choice between Apple Pie and Android sex, It would all depend on how pretty the android was ;)

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This will happen, possibly even before military applications

2.7% of World GDP is spent on military expenditures (4.06% for the US), while the sex industry ranges from at least 2% to 14% (Indonesia) of national GDP. This tells me that sex applications of robotics are very likely to emerge around the same time if not earlier than military applications.

But contrary to this article's author, I believe that the sex industry's landscape will change dramatically. Why go to a far away country for sex tourism if you can get your fix with the same android right here in your town?

Yep, androids of all races and shapes at your doorsteps with little to no overhead / taxes thanks to the WTO. You save time and the cost of an airline ticket, you save carbon and prevent global warming. Feels good! Even a train trip to Amsterdam makes no sense if you can get your fix right after work and be home by 9pm pretexting a drink with your colleagues.

The future is not so rosy for the sex industry in Indonesia, Thailand and many other poor countries that will need to find better career opportunities for their women by 2050. Somehow I do not feel sorry for them.

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Umm No.

I am a HUGE fan of all things robotic and can't wait for the day there are walking, talking androids (the robotic ones, not the phone) getting around day to day but there are a few things don't sit right with me on this.

First, it's great that it will help reduce STDs but really, BIG PHARMA has a lot to do with this, they research remedies and temporary relief for all sorts of ailments but never really research the cure like they did with small pox because it's not profitable. If they started seriously researching cures for STDs the problem would eventually go away completely. Also using adequate protection during sex is another large part of the problem. Any punter who has the opportunity to go bareback with an escort is just asking for a disease and should leave!

Next, it's a great theory that it will reduce the trafficking and sexual abuse of children but if a paedophile wants to have sex with a child, they won't go to a sex bot to do it. Firstly, what robot manufacturer will come out with a "Lil Suzy" model for the pedo market, they will get crucified, the pedos won't buy them because it will mean admitting to sales people that your a pedo, and brothels won't buy the robots because they won't want to be associated with that kind of thing. No, it's a sad fact that I wish could be changed but unfortunately, real human children will continue to be sexually abused by paedophiles.

Then there is the issue of massive job losses in the sex industry, the brothels will love the bots because they don't need to pay them and they get to keep all the money, where as with human escorts they must be paid for their services. It will truly be a sad day for human kind when the oldest and most secure (in that there will always be a demand for the service) profession in the world starts becoming redundant due to an update in technology.

I am not against bots for the use in treating sexual disorders or where someone has a physical or mental condition that prevents them from being intimate with a real person, but for the rest of the population, it should remain a human only arrangement.

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Re: Umm No.

"First, it's great that it will help reduce STDs but really, BIG PHARMA has a lot to do with this, they research remedies and temporary relief for all sorts of ailments but never really research the cure like they did with small pox because it's not profitable."

*yawn* Not that tired old trope again.

Anyone who believes this has no clue about medical research. First, "Big Pharma" is not some giant monolithic entity. It's a collection of companies, some large and many small, who compete with one another on a level that makes Oracle v. Google look like a minor tiff at a Boy Scout camp.

Second, there's a lot more money than you think in curing STDs.

Third, trying to get a bunch of academics and researchers to curtail their research for some cynical motivation...are you serious? Most of the folks who go into medical research--and I know quite a few scientists and academics who do this for a living--do it because they genuinely want to help people. You couldn't pay me enough to do their work; they go into debt for advanced graduate-level degrees, then work their asses off doing research for less money than an average MBA makes, all so they can get slagged as being part of some greedy entity that wants to keep people sick.

And last, if you seriously think that these folks would find a cure for something and then suppress it, you're more bonkers than the moon-hoax-conspiracy nutters. They'd all look around each other at the conference table and say "Sure, I promise not to tell anyone we have a cure for AIDS"...and then race each other to the patent office. The person who finds a full-stop cure for that or other common STDs is a shoo-in for a Nobel Prize and all the grant money she could ever want.

Seriously, the conspiracy dingbattery around "Big Pharma" is nuts. If all these conspiracy theories were true, we would not expect to see huge, sprawling, multinational pharmaceutical companies like Bayer making cheap, low-margin, unpatentable products like...err, aspirin.

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Big Pharma (Re: Umm No.)

The problem is not that "Big Pharma" hides cures - it's that it exaggerates the benefits and tries to hide the side effects of the stuff it does sell.

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Re: Umm No.

@Franklin

I hear what you are saying and I agree with you in that the scientists working in this field are there for the right reasons, to cure disease and make life better for everyone.

It's the corporate executives and accountants at the top that bother me, not fully funding research into cures or blocking their discovery because a cure isn't profitable, it's a one off sale. Remedies are an ongoing sale and are much more profitable.

As for the Nobel Prize, it's great for the research team who makes the discovery but doesn't mean jack for the company who pays them.

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Mushroom

"but for the rest of the population, it should remain a human only arrangement."

Do not impose your reactionary morals on other people of free will.

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The first law in robotic sex acceptability

Only when all hairdressers are replaced by robots will the public be ready for a sex robot. This is the public at large, not the non-god fearing mob we have on these forums.

So if you would trust a robot to cut your hair then you would be open to at least trusting a robot in other area's, not saying you would. Though in contrast we use robots for surgery more often than we use to cut hair, wake up people :0.

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Re: The first law in robotic sex acceptability

If the robot's doing surgery, the last thing I want to do at that point is wake up.

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Coat

Re: The first law in robotic sex acceptability

Was I the only one who read that as "open to at least thrusting a robot in other area's" ?

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Re humans on robots vs humans on humans, you might have neglected a third option: human on human on robot:

Consider our (in The West) ageing population, and older people's desires are complemented by pharmaceutically-extended ability. The robots described in the article may well be descended from the elderly-care robots the Japanese are working on (because there are not enough young people to care for their old), so designed for lifting and supporting human bodies. Having an extra pair of strong hands might be handy for a caring coupling couple whose joints aren't what they used to be!

An another note, there are areas of the world where there is an imbalance between the genders, indirectly caused by government policies. In parts of China, there just aren't enough ladies for every man. The Chinese government last year even had a pro-porn (and thus anti-prostitution) drive, in a bid to curb STDs.

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Looking forward to it.

I for one welcome our new robotic overlords...sorry, slaves. Or maids. Or rubbery dom types.

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Another way for technology to fuck with you.

Yes friends, a hi-tech solution for premature ejaculation - coming soon!

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Re: Another way for technology to fuck with you.

Isn't the point behind finding a solution to premature ejaculation to STOP coming soon?

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Joke

The other thing Amsterdam is famous for...

Is obviously in wide use among the academics at my Alma Mater.

We didn't have that much fun in my day, grumble.

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Anonymous Coward

So, this works with Android...

...What about iOS (I already know WP7 has no hope!).

...Couldn't resist.

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Anonymous Coward

WP7?

should be ideal. Microshaft have been fucking me for years.

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How is this article NSFW????? no pictures of men humping androids or women using computer connected dildo's..

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I too was disappointed about the lack of NSFW material. :(

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Paris Hilton

Windows for Gigolos

Just watch all the complains when this O/S doesn't go down.

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"business grade sex"

No thanks.

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Re: "business grade sex"

Really? Do you prefer "home grade" sex, or maybe splash out on "enterprise grade" sex with an upgrade assurance program and citlocker(TM) for keeping your dirty secrets really secret?

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Re: "business grade sex"

I was more concerned that by the time we've sorted out time codes, ISO compliance, done a few PowerPoints, assembled the stakeholders, got buy in and made sure that we're all the same page we might have lost something of the spontaneity.

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Fun

I'd give it a go - sounds like fun. It wouldn't be the same as with a living partner but why not? And the implication seems to be that only singles would use them but they could be good for couples too. Male ones would even be better for guys who are "straight" ;)

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Do sex androids

dream of electric ceilings?

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Re: Do sex androids

Well played, that man,

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Re: Do sex androids

I have seen things you people wouldn't believe..... lust circuits in overdrive near the Tannhauser gate. All these moments...

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Women seem almost proud of their Rampant Rabbits, like its a feminist strike for freedom to get off from an electric cock. Yet when there is talk of men using robots, suddenly its all sad and seedy. Funny that.

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JeevesMkII: "...if there's a humanoid robot to be had, the military will get it before the pornographers do. "

Actually I'm not so sure about that, this actually strikes me as one of the very, very, very few situations where there's a really good case to made for a humanoid robot rather than a chip wired straight up to bit of specialised hardware.

Robert Heffernan: "what robot manufacturer will come out with a "Lil Suzy" model for the pedo market, they will get crucified, the pedos won't buy them because it will mean admitting to sales people that your a pedo, and brothels won't buy the robots because they won't want to be associated with that kind of thing. "

I refer the honorable gentleman to Charles Stross's recent novel "Rule 34" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rule-34-Charles-Stross/dp/1841497738), and specifically the activities of The Toymaker...

Paris. Clearly an early and somewhat flawed prototype...

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More Human Than Human

I'd give "basic pleasure model" Pris from Blade Runner one. So long as she behaved herself.

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Re: More Human Than Human

I have to agree with Mr. Bell here-- if these robotic companions were indistinguishable in general behavior, feel, and appearance from humans like the "replicants" were in the 1982 Science Fiction film "Blade Runner," or at the very least as close to being human as the character "Cameron" was in the short-lived television series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," then I would absolutely be all for it. Besides, think of all of the possibilities that such technologies could provide-- you could really let your imagination run wild with this. You wouldn't necessarily have to have your android companion's design be limited to "a range of sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features" as the article states. Who says you couldn't go even wilder than that? How many of you "trekkies" out there wished that you could be just like Captain Kirk and have one of those scantily-clad green-skinned "Orion Slave Girls?" There could be an android model for that! Are you one of those over-the-top Star Wars fans that actively practices the Jedi religion? Well there could be a female Twi'lek dancing girl waiting for you, just like the one that Jabba the Hutt had in his palace! And if your personal fantasies involved wielding "The Sword of Omens" on the planet of "Third Earth," then an android modeled after the character "Cheetara" from the animated series "ThunderCats" could be yours! Roar! Heck, you could even have a 10-foot-tall blue-skinned "Na'vi" from the James Cameron film "Avatar" if you wanted! For sexually-starved nerds everywhere the possibilities are endless and this would literally be a dream come true! So as long as what we are talking about here is more like flesh-and-blood Blade Runner "replicants" and less like some kind of creepy animatronic silicone-skinned version of the "RealDoll," then I for one would definitely welcome our future robot overlords! ;) ThunderCats, ho!

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Re: More Human Than Human

the article mentions multiple models, but also lets not neglect the idea that one could have adaptive partners. Limbs that adjust to relative sizes, faces that reshape themselves, perhaps even variable skin tones?

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Girls will be

loving the 100% up time.

Seriously though... unless you can hide your SexDroid under your bed... how will you explain that to the family?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Girls will be

It will have to double up as a general duties domest servant - not at all embarrassing to own.

"I've no idea why my iRoboMaid has the extra 'ports', maybe there was a mixup in the ordering process" he blushed.

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Anonymous Coward

I want a G. W. Bush pleasure model

Squeal boi, squeal....

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Anonymous Coward

Massive cultural and political shift

At the moment there's far too much political influence from Grumpy Old People (of all ages - it's a state of mind), whether it's action campaigns hellbent on removing fun and freedom, miserable letters in the press, or just the voter turnout of depressed old fogeys.

Perhaps if they're all getting their jollies from robots instead, they'll have better things to do than tut at the youngsters, being jealous and out of touch. Let's cheer up the old gits and make life better for all!

Air-drop legions of sexbots into repressive regime countries, let them loosen up too - cheaper than warfare :)

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Urkkkk!

What happens when the database crashes and your servo driven love-puppet has an epileptic fit mid-bonk? I guess the hospitals would welcome a change from getting milk bottles off cocks and removing various objects from front and rear bottoms.

"So, did sir turn the simulated orgasm to 11 did he? Won't do that again now will he?"

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Inhuman?

For those who are commenting on stuff like "it wouldn't be the same as with a human",...

What's the difference between a faked orgasm and a simulated orgasm then,... ???

Paris, the ultimate faked orgasm.

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Oblig: Spirit of the Age

"Your android replica is playing up again, it's no joke

When she comes she moans another's name

But that's the spirit of the age,"

Lyrics from Hawkwind's "Spirit of the Age"

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