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View Poll Results: How do you feel about sex with robots? (Assume you can own, rather than rent). Poll is anonymous. Ch
It does not strike me as odd in sci-fi, but when I think about the idea in real life, it seems weird/creepy. 0 0%
It seems weird/creepy to me, whether in sci-fi or in real life. 0 0%
I have no significant feelings about it, but I can't think of any circumstances in which I would seriously try it. 1 16.67%
I don't really know how I would feel about it, but I might be willing to try it at some point. 1 16.67%
Seems like it might be weird/creepy, but I'd be willing to give it a try, just to see. 0 0%
Seems like it might be fun. I'd give it a try, under the right circumstances. 2 33.33%
I would definitely like to try that. 3 50.00%
I might like it someday, with realistic androids, but with current robot tech, it seems creepy. 1 16.67%
I've tried sex with a realistic doll, but it seemed creepy. I might like a robot better. 0 0%
Robot sex? Already been there, done that. 0 0%
Fine for other, but not for me. 2 33.33%
It is immoral and should be outlawed. 0 0%
It is immoral and/or a bad idea, but should not be outlawed. 0 0%
It is not immoral. 3 50.00%
It is probably, overal, a danger to society. 0 0%
It is probably, overall, not a danger to society. 3 50.00%
It will probably have a lot of benefits for society. 3 50.00%
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Super creepy to me. Evolved A.I. in the future could lead to trouble. The movie Terminator may not be too far fetched.
Not far at all...

AI robot that learns new words in real-time tells human creators it will keep them in a “people zoo”

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Android Dick seemed to exhibit a primitive form of both intelligence and emotion when the robot was asked, ďDo you believe robots will take over the world?Ē Android Dick responded:

ďJeez, dude. You all have the big questions cooking today. But youíre my friend, and Iíll remember my friends, and Iíll be good to you. So donít worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, Iíll still be nice to you. Iíll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for olí times sake.Ē

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Old 02-24-2016, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Oak Ridge, NC
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Maybe because I'm married and can have sex anytime I want, I wouldn't see the appeal in having a sex robot. If she looks and feels robotic, then how am I supposed to get turned on by that? If we're talking about true Droid quality bots that have a "skin" covering that feels just like real skin, and all parts feel and look, well, natural, then yeah, I can see the attraction. But wouldn't it be cheaper just to go out and rent a real life escort? Cuz, you know these sex robots aren't going to be cheap - not even the base model "Plan Jane".
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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And a couple older examples that stick in my mind:

The Lonely - The Twilight Zone Wiki - Wikia

My Living Doll (TV Series 1964
That Twilight Zone episode has always been one of the most memorable for me. I can hardly believe that I've never heard of "My Living Doll" before. I want to watch it. I wish Netflix had it.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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Maybe because I'm married and can have sex anytime I want, I wouldn't see the appeal in having a sex robot.
Um...wait..what? You're married, and you still have sex? Oh, now that's just crazy talk.
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If we're talking about true Droid quality bots that have a "skin" covering that feels just like real skin, and all parts feel and look, well, natural, then yeah, I can see the attraction.
Yes, this is pretty much exactly what I'm talking about. Technically, the word "android" might be more accurate. Think something more like "Pris" from Blade Runner, although probably nothing quite so sophisticated for the next few decades - at least not mentally.
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But wouldn't it be cheaper just to go out and rent a real life escort? Cuz, you know these sex robots aren't going to be cheap - not even the base model "Plan Jane".
Yes, I'm sure they will be expensive for many years, but unlike a human escort, you will "own" the machine and have the opportunity to teach it (unless you are merely renting the machine). There will also be a strong novelty factor. That, alone, would be enough for me to want one, if I could afford it.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Japan has been working on sex robots for awhile. I suspect that something will be available in 1-2 years.

I am actually a tiny bit interested in spite of finding sex to be very easy to get if one tries. No lawsuits....no harassment....no defamation...no diseases....no pregnancies....no cycles....no odors....no snores...no bitching...no restaurant bills....no flowers....no rings....no expensive divorce....no frying pan assaults...no illness...no depression...no dirty dishes...no sharing the sheets...no arguments.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:04 PM
 
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No lawsuits....no harassment....no defamation...no diseases....no pregnancies....no cycles....no odors....no snores...no bitching...no restaurant bills....no flowers....no rings....no expensive divorce....no frying pan assaults...no illness...no depression...no dirty dishes...no sharing the sheets...no arguments.
What a pitch!
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I imagine that Japan will be ahead of the rest relating to android technology. And I am not talking about the Android OS

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...-robotics.html
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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All true unfortunately.


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What a pitch!
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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I am actually a tiny bit interested in spite of finding sex to be very easy to get if one tries. No lawsuits....no harassment....no defamation...no diseases....no pregnancies....no cycles....no odors....no snores...no bitching...no restaurant bills....no flowers....no rings....no expensive divorce....no frying pan assaults...no illness...no depression...no dirty dishes...no sharing the sheets...no arguments.
This highlights some of the psychological/sociological (and, perhaps, ethical and even metaphysical?) concerns that I would like to see discussed. Androids could turn out to be easier to deal with as friends and lovers than humans - more ego-stroking, supportive, affirming, loyal, etc., with relatively few downsides - and thus we may see an increasingly significant portion of humanity bonding emotionally with androids rather than humans. (Think of the unfailing loyalty, low-maintenance, and nearly unconditional love of a dog incarnated into the warm, fleshy, sexy body of a made-to-order intelligent humanoid android.) I'm not convinced that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it is certainly something that will radically transform the nature of human civilization. And it is not that far off. I would not be at all surprised if wealthy people could start partaking of this technology with 5 years, and middle-class folks with a decade or so after that. True machine intelligence and/or machine sentience may be a century away, but this level of machine cognitive development is not needed for the type of revolution I'm talking about.

The potential impact of this tech on virtually all aspects of human life is mind-boggling. (And then throw VR on top of it.) To someone living in 2030 (which will be most of us alive today), the year 2016 could seem as archaic as, say, 1800 seems from our perspective today. A transhuman world could be just around the corner.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Oak Ridge, NC
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This highlights some of the psychological/sociological (and, perhaps, ethical and even metaphysical?) concerns that I would like to see discussed. Androids could turn out to be easier to deal with as friends and lovers than humans - more ego-stroking, supportive, affirming, loyal, etc., with relatively few downsides - and thus we may see an increasingly significant portion of humanity bonding emotionally with androids rather than humans. (Think of the unfailing loyalty, low-maintenance, and nearly unconditional love of a dog incarnated into the warm, fleshy, sexy body of a made-to-order intelligent humanoid android.) I'm not convinced that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it is certainly something that will radically transform the nature of human civilization. And it is not that far off. I would not be at all surprised if wealthy people could start partaking of this technology with 5 years, and middle-class folks with a decade or so after that. True machine intelligence and/or machine sentience may be a century away, but this level of machine cognitive development is not needed for the type of revolution I'm talking about.

The potential impact of this tech on virtually all aspects of human life is mind-boggling. (And then throw VR on top of it.) To someone living in 2030 (which will be most of us alive today), the year 2016 could seem as archaic as, say, 1800 seems from our perspective today. A transhuman world could be just around the corner.
Well, I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but because I'm an I.T. person, I tend to think about all possible outcomes from such a mechanical invention. For one thing, if such bots happened to be "human" enough to replace our need for human companionship - the bot can satisfy all of our mental, emotional, and physical desires, then so could they be used for the work place. Which would then, place us all in danger of having to compete against Android technology for jobs. They would replace our military, our police force, our fire and rescue volunteers, the guy taking your order at McDonald's.....you get the idea! Guarantee you, if an Android robot can do your job 100 times better and more efficient than you can, your boss is going to replace you with a robot. Heck, that's already happened with manufacturing in this country. Manufacturing has actually come back to the USA, but in the form of higher tech where the robots are doing the actual job, and those that are hired are there to make sure the robots are functioning properly.

Not all of us are engineers and/or scientists. There's always a need for garbage pick-up guys, bus drivers, custodians, retail store workers, etc....what happens when androids take over even the most mundane job because they do it better than humans? And then, if we all are more used to interacting with Android robots instead of other humans, would we lose our ability to socialize? Heck, people's social skills have already went down the drain with the smartphone. Nobody says hello to someone else they pass on the street without that person thinking you're a weirdo and probably just trying to mug them.

And one more thing, we mentioned all the "upsides" to having a sexual relationship with a fleshy robot. What happens when we're so disconnected with other humans, physically, that we'd rather have sex with a human like robot who we have programmed to adore us "unconditionally", then we lose the need for human companionship. Eventually, the human race starts to die off because nobody is reproducing. The human race would eventually shrink to nothing anyway, because who wants to hire humans who are flawed and less efficient than a robot?

Knowing our human tendencies, we can't simply limit such inventions to our sex toys. Business owners who look at the bottom line only will do anything to make their companies profitable, and eventually, would turn to these sexy bots as a means to stay ahead.
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