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Oculus Rift Combined With Tenga Produces Virtual Handjobs

Manufacturers of the pioneering virtual reality headset ‘Oculus Rift’ have teamed up with Japans leading male sex toy company to produce the world’s first robotic virtual reality handjobs.

The Second Law of Robotics is: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings.

Over the weekend, a virtual sex simulator debuted in Japan, Kotaku reported. The “VR Tenga” is the product of a joint effort from adult toy company Tenga and virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR, the company behind an immersive virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift.

“The device attaches a Novint Falcon—a grip-based, haptic controller—to a Tenga, a Japanese industrial masturbator. Used as intended, the user would insert his penis into the Tenga, which would be manipulated by the Falcon. All the while the user views on his Oculus some sort of visual stimulation synced to the movement of the hybrid Falcon/Tenga.”



Roxxxy Sex Robot Version 2.0

Exciting news regarding TrueCompanion’s famous Roxxxy, the world’s first sex robot that was launched in January.  A new upgraded Roxxxy has been anounced that attempts to rectify some of the failings of the original model.  Namely, the fact that she had the face of an inflatable love doll and appeared to be paralysed.  The new Roxxxy is not only much better looking, but she has a degree of movement, being able to buck her head and hips as though she is responding to being taken from behind, as well as the ability to hold your hand.

Despite a degree of ridicule over the limitations of the first Roxxxy, the makers claim that thousands of their sexbots have already been sold.  If that’s true, then with the apparent (and speedy) advances made by version 2.0, it looks like the age of the sex bot may truly have dawned.

First Roxxxy True Companion Videos

The first Roxxxy sex robot videos have appeared online

My Electronic Lover – Can we really love robots?

A.I. expert David Levy predicted in his book ‘Love and Sex with Robots’ that we will all be having sex with horny androids within a matter of decades.  As we are only days away from the unveiling of the world’s first commercial sex robot, I thought I would come back to Levy’s excellent book after reading a highly illuminating review of it online today.  The review seems to recognise the fundamental philosophical problems that I feel Levy does skirt over somewhat :

Can we (the majority) truly love robots if 1/ we cannot be certain that the robot is conscious like ourselves, and 2/ the robot’s ‘love’ for us is simply programmed in to it.

On the first point, Levy takes a very liberal interpretation of the Turing test – the idea that if the robot, or A.I. mind behaves as though it were conscious, we should readily believe and assume that it IS conscious.  However, since Turin imagined his test half a century ago, we have seen great advances in the field of A.I. in humanoid robotics, but few believe that we are close to creating anything that is truly conscious.  For example, roboticists are making great progress in creating android faces that can mimic human facial expressions, seemingly indicating emotion.  But NOBODY would surely suggest that this represents anything more than an advance in the ability to MIMIC human consciousness and the expression of emotion. 

In fact, it does appear that scientists will be able to bundle a number of these small progressive steps together and create a fairly convincing humanoid sometime soon (hopefully True Companion’s ‘Roxxxy’ will be it), but still it is unlikely that such a thing would be considered in any way ‘conscious’.  If this is the case, can we love things that are not conscious?  Levy devotes an entire chapter into trying to demonstrate that we can (for example, robot pets), but it seems a huge leap to suggest we could love and even marry robots that are not sentient.  Do those Japanese men on YouTube really love their realistic CandyDolls?  I doubt it, and until such things become conscious, then surely they are nothing more than (fantastic) masturbation aids. 

The second point is rather tied up with the first.  Even if we granted some form of consciousness to a sexy robot with artificial intelligence, would we be content if the love it felt for us was simply programmed in to it, even if the ‘love’ was genuinely felt by the truly conscious robot?  My answer to this would be almost certainly yes, at least if the emphasis was placed more on lust than love.  The phenomenon of the ‘pick-up-artist’ culture, for example, shows that many men seem content on winning a woman’s love, or at least sex’, even if a little ‘manipulation’ and fakery is used.  However, once robots ever do have true consciousness, it will be guaranteed that huge amounts of legislation will be in play forbidding such sentient beings to be ‘programmed’ to have sex with their ‘owners’.  If Levy’s thesis then becomes one of simply asking whether or not humans will desire sex and fall in love with fully sentient robots who are capable of giving and withholding consent, then the answer would surely be an uncontroversial yes.  The one weakness of Levy’s otherwise brilliant and fascinating thesis is that he doesn’t really go deep enough in clarfiying the notions of conscious/non-conscious, consent and non-consent.

There are a few problems with the techno-utopia that Levy describes. First of all, his vision depends on the expectation of a significant breakthrough in the area of artificial intelligence. Levy’s forecasts may not be in the most far-out reaches of this field, but there are no guarantees about the future of strong AI, which has so far advanced quite slowly.

But even if his predictions come true, it still seems that a scientific attempt at programming love is likely to crash when confronted with the capriciousness and arbitrariness that characterize human emotions. Can a robot that fulfills all our wishes sustain our interest? Isn’t it exactly those unexpected, uncertain, arbitrary aspects of love that give it such great power? Levy is aware of the problem, of course. He writes that “some humans might feel that a certain fragility is missing in their robot relationship, relative to a human-human relationship, but that fragility, that transient aspect of human-human relationships, as with so much else in robotics, will be capable of simulation.”

But the need of Levy and others to simulate love and create robots that take into account the contradictions of the human soul leads to profound, and disturbing, questions. For example, what about the human need to win love from an entity that is capable of independent thinking and decision making? What is the meaning of a declaration of robotic love? In this Levy follows the lead of computer pioneer Alan Turing, who said that if a machine seems intelligent, we have to conclude that it is intelligent. Levy admits that the idea of a robot loving you seems a little horrifying at first. But if the robot’s behavior is completely consistent, why doubt it? In a future where robots have convincing looks and behavior, people who live with them daily will see them as partners and friends, Levy claims.

Click the link below to read the entire review :

My Electronic Lover – Review of David Levy’s ‘Love and Sex with Robots’

The world’s first female sex bot to be showcased next week

The long wait of MANkind is finally over.  Next week will see the unveiling to the world’s media of the very first female robot designed to provide sexual and emotional gratification for men.  The sexbot will be unveiled at an Adult Industry exhibition fair taking place in Los Angeles.

TrueCompanion (booth #7031) will unveil the very first female sex robot at AEE. The artificial intelligence robots are specially engineered to completely gratify the owner and fully equipped to carry a conversation or have an intimate encounter.

We hope to bring photos, and hopefully a video or two, of this historic event shortly after it happens.  It’s not known when the sexbots will go on sale, how much they will cost, or even (until next week) what they look like, but you can visit the homepage of the company – True Companion – Home of the World’s First Sex Robot – for more information.

We have been designing “Roxxxy TrueCompanion”, your sex robot, for many years, making sure that she: knows your name, your likes and dislikes, can carry on a discussion and expresses her love to you and be your loving friend. She can talk to you, listen to you and feel your touch. She can even have an orgasm!

Peter Singer on Love and Sex with Robots

Peter Singer, one of the most controversial intellectual figures in the world, and yet also the most respected moral philosopher, lends his gravitas to the question that concerns us all the most : How soon will we be humping humanoids and should the femi-nazis and bible bashers allow us to?

In his book Love and Sex with Robots , David Levy goes further, suggesting that we will fall in love with warm, cuddly robots, and even have sex with them. (If the robot has multiple sexual partners, just remove the relevant parts, drop them in disinfectant, and, voilà, no risk of sexually transmitted diseases!) But what will the presence of a “sexbot” do to the marital home? How will we feel if our spouse starts spending too much time with an inexhaustible robotic lover?

Singer is a ‘consequentalist’ philosopher, which means he measures the moral rightness of an action strictly according to the good or bad consequences it has.  His ability to apply this utilitarian logic on to everyday practical moral problems such as abortion, animal rights, and euthanasia, has gained him both his respect as a philosopher and the hatred and fear that his name provokes amongst traditional religious moralists.  For example, whilst arguing that abortion is generally morally acceptable (because the unborn baby is not yet a person and that birth is not a morally significant dividing line), he isn’t afraid to draw out the full implications of his reasoning – that infanticide is also, in certain circumstances at least, also justified.  He has also claimed on similar grounds that killing animals is sometimes more wrong than killing a handicapped infant – an intelligent animal, such as a chimpanzee, might be closer to being a person (a ‘rational’ being) than the mentally handicapped infant ever will, and could experience a meaningful and happy life more than the human infant.  According to Singer, it would be ‘speciest’ to deny otherwise.

In his article ‘Rights for Robots’ that appeared at Project Syndicate, Singer talks about how our propensity to unfairly promote our own species interests above that of others, may lead us to abusing and exploiting even sentient robots :

For the moment, a more realistic concern is not that robots will harm us, but that we will harm them. At present, robots are mere items of property. But what if they become sufficiently complex to have feelings? After all, isn’t the human brain just a very complex machine?

If machines can and do become conscious, will we take their feelings into account? The history of our relations with the only nonhuman sentient beings we have encountered so far – animals – gives no ground for confidence that we would recognize sentient robots not just as items of property, but as beings with moral standing and interests that deserve consideration.

Robots come closer to having the ability to ‘touch’

Scientists are working on giving robots the ability to touch and feel objects by providing them with artificial skin embedded with optical sensors.

The need for robots to acquire such skills is increasing in urgency, now that robots are working with humans in closer environments and in ever more delicate ways – for example in surgery.

“We’re desperate for new materials to let robots be able to feel the world,” says Chris Melhuish of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK. It’s equally important, he says, that artificial skin gives a pressure reading that allows a robot to distinguish between different types of objects and different patterns of forces.

Missinne is hopeful that his skin can do this but has yet to prove it. He presented his latest findings, demonstrating that pressure triggers light to escape from one set of polymer strips to another, at the IMEC Flexible and Stretchable Electronics workshop in Ghent last week.

Sex bots just moved one step closer.

Q & A with David Levy – Love and Sex with Robots

David Levy is the author of ‘Love and Sex with Robots’, a book which puts forward the shocking and yet tantalising suggestion that humans will be not only be having sex with ultra-realistic androids in the year 2050, they will also be marrying them.   Scientific American magazine carried a Q&A interview with him last year.  Here is an excerpt :

If people fall in love with robots, aren’t they just falling in love with an algorithm?

It’s not that people will fall in love with an algorithm, but that people will fall in love with a convincing simulation of a human being, and convincing simulations can have a remarkable effect on people.

When I was 10, I was in Madame Tussauds waxworks in London with my aunt. I wanted to find someone to get to some part of the exhibition and I saw someone, and it didn’t dawn on me for a few seconds that that person was a waxwork. It had a profound effect on me—that not everything is as it seems, and that simulations can be very convincing. And that was just a simple waxwork.

And if you or others could be taken in just by a wax figure, even for a moment, imagine what a realistic robotic simulation of a person would do. But if people are aware that a robot’s just electronics, won’t that be an obstacle to true love?

By 40 or 50 years, everyone of a marriageable age will have grown up with electronics all around them at home, and not see them as abnormal. People who grow up with all sorts of electronic gizmos will find android robots to be fairly normal as friends, partners, lovers.

I recently read ‘Love and Sex with Robots’ and would recommend it to anybody interested in virtual sex and the future of ‘artificial’ sex.  The only faults I found were that Levy does seem to obfuscate somewhat the distinction between appearing to be conscious, and actually being conscious.  He takes a very dogmatic approach to the Turing test (the test that proposes that if a computer appears convincingly to be conscious, then we should assume it is conscious).  Yet when it comes to actually loving and marrying the things, even the most lonely geek might demand something of a more stringent litmus test.  This somewhat casual approach to robotic consciousness also makes his discussion of the ethics of sex with robots seem even more naive than it probably is.  At one point he speculates rather offhandedly whether law makers and moralists will object to robots being programmed to be submissive sexual partners that never say no.  Surely central to any answer would be whether or not the robots are indeed conscious or not?  And if it is decided that they are, then you can bet your last dollar that the lawmakers and moralists will indeed get involved.

Despite my personal objections to some aspects of his conclusions, Love and Sex with Robots is a truly fascinating and well researched look at what the near future might be bringing to your bedroom.  Click to read the Scientific American article on David Levy – Love and Sex with Robots.

China plans first humanoid olympics

China is planning to hold a robot Olympics in 2010.

The international event will be held in the city of Harbin and will see robots take part in 16 different events.

..Professor Hong Rongbing, from the Harbin Institute of Technology, said the idea of the competition was to drive innovation and produce robots that are more flexible and helpful. (source – BBC – China plans for humanoid olympics )

How about the adult industry sponsor the first ‘miss world humanoid’ contest?  I really hope that if China does overtake Japan in the fields of robotics and A.I., that they adopt a rather more liberated attitude towards sex.  I think most of us would rather have the world’s first intelligent androids to look like Japanese idols rather than chinese shot putters or communist party chiefs.  Thankfully, things do appear to be changing.  Although porn is still illegal in China, there have been signs that middle-class urbanisation is bringing change to the bedrooms as well as the boardrooms.  China now manufactures over 70% of the world’s sex toys.

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