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Can the science of Avatar lead to virtual sex?

One of the many successful elements of the film Avatar was the idea that a crippled, wheelchair bound marine, could live another life in a completely alien ‘avatar’ body – in fact a body more athletic and powerful than any able-bodied human.  In the film, this is done through controlling his avatar body through the brain signals of his original, disabled body.  Could this technology one day be realised, and could it lead to the ultimate forms of virtual sex?

An article appeared today on CNN asking only the first question, although I’m sure many of its male readers, at least, were led to ask the second question themselves.  According to the article, the vision of Avatar is far-sighted, if not far-fetched.  A neurology professor is quoted as saying that “the biggest challenges will be emotion and thought -how to make another organism think what you think, to feel what you feel”.  Another points out that we have little understanding of how consciousness is formed in our own bodies, let alone how to induced it in others.

These arguments, although valid (and I’m in no way scientifically qualified to dispute them) seem to me to miss the point.  Nobody is surely talking about actually projecting ones actual consciousness into another body.  It will appear to the ‘owner’ of the avatar that he really is in that substitute body, but this is, at least in some sense, an illusion created by the fact that his sensory inputs and outputs have been wired up to his new body. If the avatar is destroyed, the owner is unharmed, however if HIS brain was killed, the avatar could have no consciousness.

There seems to me no philosophical objection to the possibility of avatar bodies.  In fact, such things seem to be an inevitable future progression of teleprescence and haptic technology that is already being developed today (some of which is described in the CNN article).  Eventually, we will be having sex with each other using substitute ‘avatar’ bodies.

The other interesting thing about Avatar in relation to virtual sex is the apparant manner in which the avatars are ‘grown’.  In other words the Avatars are actual organic bodies that have either been cloned or produced using stem cell technology. 

The use of stem cell technology for virtual sex is something that has interested me for sometime. The commonplace use of such technology to clone or to generate new organs appears to be just around the corner.  How long will it be, I wonder, before the highly realistic private parts, as well as the skin, hair, and eyes, of high-end sex dolls will be the actual organic clones of famous pornstars? Fucking the Fleshlight vagina of Lupe Fuentes would take on a whole new meaning if it was the actual physical clone of her pussy, rather than just modelled upon it.  It’s certainly likely that ‘Roxxy’ not withstanding, the first genuine artificially intelligent sex ‘robots’ will largely be composed of organic metal.

The Sun looks at Sex Toy trends of 2010 and beyond

The biggest selling newspaper in England – The Sun – takes a look ahead to the future of sex toys next year and beyond.

VIRTUAL SEX

Virtual sex is right around the corner with toys such as the Real Touch (realtouch.com) already causing a sexual stir.

High-tech toys will plug guys straight into their X-rated DVDs, so what they watch on the screen will happen to them on their sofa via hands-free pleasure kit.

 PHONE APPS

Mobile phones are set to do much more than ring your bell! From location based dating applications to custom-designed sex toys (such as VibraExciter), mobile phones are a sex essential for the new decade.

 ECO VIBES

The move towards green sex toys will pick up pace, with wood, metal, steel and even porcelain taking the place of rubber.

Batteries are also on their way out, with more rechargeable and battery-free toys hitting the market (like Earth Angel and USB charged toys like the Luminia).

 WIRED FOR SEX

Couples will get wired for sex.

Load up free video chat software Skype and a new Internet-control vibe and you can pleasure and see your partner no matter how far apart you are.

Researchers find the perfect face

Angelina Jolie failed the ratio test

Angelina Jolie failed the ratio test

Or not as the case may be.  Scientists at the university of Toronto claim that they have pinpointed exactly why some female faces are more attractive than others – the distance between the eyes, nose and mouth must be a specific ratio.  They also found that the perfect ratio happened to be the average ratio for women in general.

I’m a little wary at attempts to discover the perfect algorithm for female beauty.  Sure, as a virtual sex fan I recognise that if sex appeal can be analysed into mathematical ratios would make computer generated babes a lot easier to programme.  However, I suspect there is a little more to it than a simple magic formula.  Previous attempts to average out the facial dimensions of beautiful models in order to create the ‘ultimate composite babe’ have been made, and the results are invariably bland, if not ‘uncanny’.

In this case, the supposed perfect ratios mean that Angelina Jolie shouldn’t be attractive to men – surely counting as a black swan for this particular rule of beauty.  I rather suspect that female beauty might be a lot more complex and variable, and that there may by thousands of very different ‘perfect beauties’.  (and no, I’m not talking about fat chicks being beautiful too, just that I neither want or expect to spend my entire virtual sex life banging the same identical computer generated ‘perfect’ beauty!)

Virtual Sex is the Future according to the Sexperts

The following article appeared on the web in 2006, but as it appears to have been taken down and should be of great interest to readers, I thought I would reproduce it here in its entirety :

NEW YORK, APRIL 18 2006 : When America’s top sex researchers gathered recently to discuss the next decade in their field, some envisioned a future in which artificial sex partners could cater to every fantasy.
“What is very likely to be present before 2016 would be a multi-sensual experience of virtual sex,” said Julia Heiman, director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, Bloomington.

There is a possibility of developing erotic materials for yourself that would allow you to create a partner of certain dimensions and qualities, the partner saying certain things in that interaction, certain things happening in that interaction.”

A field dubbed “teledildonics” already allows people at two remote computers to manipulate electronic devices such as a vibrator at the other end for sexual purposes.

“People who use it are just blown away,” said Steve Rhodes, president of Sinulate Entertainment, which has sold thousands of Internet-connected sex devices over the past three years. “This is not something that just the lunatic fringe does.”

“The Iraq war…was kind of a boom for our company.”

Gina Lynn, who writes the Sex Drive column for Wired magazine, says she has used and enjoyed the Sinulator and says there is no reason to fear the technology.

“People are still really afraid of…any sort of combination of sex and technology and of the Internet,” she said. “What people are missing here is the point, which is the human connection that we are facilitating through the technology.”

“No one who is even inventing this stuff wants or even thinks that technology could ever replace human connection or sex.”

Annie Sprinkle, a former adult film actress, prostitute and author of “Spectacular Sex,” said teledildonics are a logical outgrowth of improvements in pleasure devices.

“Now people use vibrators like mad and rightly so; the technology of sex toys has vastly improved,” she said. “The more options the better; I mean it can never replace body to body.”

“Some people will love it more than anything else and others won’t be into it.”

SEX WITH A PORN STAR

Entrepreneurs are also seeking to fuse explicit video imagery with real-life tactile sensation.

Brad Abram, president of XStream3D Multimedia, said his firm’s “Virtually Jenna,” an online game in which the player has sex with realistic cartoon of porn star Jenna Jameson, can link hardware devices following the action to genitalia.

“None of the big publishers will probably venture in there so we could be like the Hustler or the Playboy or whatever, the Penthouse of adult gaming,” the Vancouver, Canada-based Abram said. “Sex toys is a huge business.”

His service, without the hardware, costs $29.95 a month, and he said several hundred thousand people have tried the online sex gam to date. He expects the hardware area of such simulations to grow rapidly.

Is it possible to go a step further and come up with a sex robot such as that portrayed by actor Jude Law in the 2001 film “AI: Artificial Intelligence” or the orgasmatron machine of the 1973 Woody Allen movie Sleeper?

Carl DiSalvo, a doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, has helped design a robotic device that simulates the warmth and feeling of a hug. He said such work could be expanded into the realm of sex.

“That hardly seems to be difficult,” he said. But “a realistic encounter is where the thing gets to be much more expensive.”

Companies such as realdoll.com sell very lifelike human-size sex dolls without electronics for $6,500, not including $500 shipping. DiSalvo is skeptical about the demand for such high-end devices, as is San Francisco sexologist Carol Queen.

“I do find that a world full of people getting it on with you know, perfect gizmos instead of each other has some sort of a post-Orwellian kind of sense to it,” she said. “I don’t really think that most people are going to want this.”

Others suspect the technology is also far off. “Right now they are having trouble making robots that just sweep floors,” said Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of many books on sex.

“You know, we’re talking about a big jump from something saying ‘You are so sexy, I want you’ to mimicking all the things that would create a cyborg. We’re not at the cyborg level yet.”

ALL IN THE MIND

Going even a level further, other researchers say in decades to come advanced devices will be able to stimulate the brain to create a sexual experience without manipulating genitalia.

Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the study of artificial intelligence dating back to 1951, said such devices could either trigger an actual physical response from the brain, or have the entire experience take place in the mind with the sensation of sex — but without the mess or risk of sexually transmitted disease.

“It’s bound to happen … and is not as far off as some people think,” Minsky, a professor emeritus at MIT, said of direct brain manipulation. “They are doing things with monkeys but it is not a big world-class industry yet, so that could take 20-30 years.”

“But if the game (industry) people got involved in some underdeveloped country that didn’t have any laws against it, it could all happen twice as fast.”

Some researchers warn that too much fantasy could prove adverse to everyday human interaction.

“There is a great deal of pushing people out of social relations into a kind of simulated relationship, which in fact decreases what is essential in human life, which is sociability — one’s capacity to relate to other people,” said John Gagnon, a veteran researcher and author on many books on sexuality.

Virtual sex with Sarah Palin?

Apparently the fantasy of a certain kind of man, a million Republican wet dreams can now become reality with the news that Sarah Palin’s pornstar lookalike ‘Lisa Ann’ has been signed up to Real Touch.  Lisa Ann/Sarah Palin is clearly excited about playing a leading role in the new virtual sex industry :

“Some media have written that the realistic sexual pleasure provided by RealTouch might mean the end of mankind but I don’t,” said the actress and entrepreneur, “unless it learns to cook. What it will do is give me and other actresses the chance to reach out and touch our fans in a way they’ve never experienced before.”

Sarah Palin lookalike Lisa Ann signed by RealTouch

Virtual Sex in Second Life

Fascinating look at virtual sex within the online alternative reality that is Second Life.

High Tech Sex (History Channel)

Fascinating look at the possible future of sex technology, taken from the History Channel itself no less.

Online Poll : Over 50% Have Had Virtual Sex

An english speaking  website aimed at Chinese ex-pats posted an online poll on virtual sex in which nearly 50,000 readers have participated in.  Over 70% answered that they believe “virtual sex is possible” and just over half claimed to have already had some kind of ‘virtual sex’.  Cyber sex was the most popular form, followed by phone sex.

Virtual Sex online poll

Virtual Sex for the disabled, the aged, and the lonely

While the inevitable moralists may see new dangers and evils lying around the virtual sex corner, it can’t be denied that breakthroughs in teledildonics and haptic technology have the potential to change people’s lives for the better.  Think of the disabled, the aged, or even the plain lonely and luckless in love, unable for whatever reason to experience the fundamental right to a sex life, and yet in a matter of years could be experiencing daily (virtual) sex more mindblowing than even the most successful playboys and lotharios of today could imagine.

I was rather moved by a review I read this morning from an extremely satisfied customer of the revolutionary new RealTouch virtual sex device.  The man related how he and his wife were no longer able to exprience a sex life due to accident and infirmary :

In 2000, my wife was in a horrible auto accident and now has an artificial hip. In 2006, I crash my airplane and now have an artifical spinal segment. Sex for us is almost impossible now, although we try our best! However, when both people are moining and groining because of the pain in our bones, it kinda takes the fun out of it.

The RealTouch, however, has already enabled him to achieve the thrill of sex once more.  He ends with a touching plea to AEBN, the  makers of RealTouch, to make a wish of his and his wife come true :

I love my wife so very much, but sex has become almost impossible for us.

Please sell me the software so that I can encode my own new videos!

We have old VHS video recording of my wife and I having sex together from 20 years ago when we first got married.

We could both watch these old videos, while physically feeling what it felt like back then.

Can you make this wish come true?

RealTouch is now on sale to the general public.  Click to read more RealTouch reviews.

Real Touch starts shipping

Real Touch, the much anticipated virtual sex toy from AEBN, has begun shipping to customers, although not yet on sale to the general public. Initial reviews have been generally good, with certain caveats. The RealTouch is praised for providing a realistic virtual sex experience but there have been a few teething problems reported such as lube leaking and the general noise of the machine. On the whole though, it does look like RealTouch is going to represent the birth of the virtual sex industry. So long as this first version of the RealTouch is profitable, then we will likely see rapid advances made in the next (as well as its inevitable competitors). Read more at Real Touch Reviews.

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