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Old 03-04-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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In wondering if this might be a potential "blessing in disguise". A major concern has been exponential human population growth. Currently over 7 billion and expected to be nearly 10 billion by 2050. Increased population combined with efforts to increase standards of living around the world, imply incredible levels of resource usage and potential for environmental damage. If, in fact, sexy androids lead to a "natural" drop in rates of human reproduction, we might avoid the prospects of a massive die-off and/or considering government-imposed sterilization, etc. I'm not sure that androids will necessarily cause a drop in human population rates, but if they do, perhaps it could turn out to be a benefit, of sorts?
Interesting premise, but... no. Exponential human population growth is critical only in the Third World. These cultures are the last that would accept infertile females no matter how lifelike.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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America is the only first world country with a large enough population to support a robust implementation of sex androids but the majority of the American population is very conflicted about sexual expression. It is far more likely that the main application of cybernetic technology will be to replace human labor, and in this they will achieve success in advance of success in niche applications like human companionship. This will crash the Middle Class to non-existence, and sex robots will become the playthings of a relatively small cohort of elite humans.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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At least one source of which I am aware feels that the term 'android' presupposes a male gender identity. Given the topic under discussion, the gender identity of the subject is probably more of a focus than usual when considering cybernetic human facsimile. What are being called androids here might more accurately be called 'gynoids'.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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At least one source of which I am aware feels that the term 'android' presupposes a male gender identity.
This is not generally true. "Android" refers simply to human form, not male form. Aside from your one source, I doubt you will find any general public sources linking "android" to specifically male form. Think of Pris, Zhora, or Rachel from Blade Runner (based on Philip K. Dick's story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") I doubt that anyone confuses Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy, or Sean Young with male forms . Not that I'm a sci-fi geek, or nuttin'.

Hmm...anyone wanna place bets on what year someone will first make an android that looks like Pris?
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:23 PM
 
Location: louisville
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Some will disagree but it wasn't Google, yahoo, Microsoft that made the huge advancements in web technology in the mid 90's... Those 'x' sites were taking credit payments and streaming video LONG before 'e'shopping!

So I don't find the premise remotely fantasy. Sex sells...
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:35 PM
 
Location: louisville
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Not contradicting myself... Google did just by Boston dynamics, and they do snoop on us, so....

To show support to the op, I go with the first androids will definitely not look like my gender
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:39 PM
 
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America is the only first world country with a large enough population to support a robust implementation of sex androids but the majority of the American population is very conflicted about sexual expression. It is far more likely that the main application of cybernetic technology will be to replace human labor, and in this they will achieve success in advance of success in niche applications like human companionship. This will crash the Middle Class to non-existence, and sex robots will become the playthings of a relatively small cohort of elite humans.
Conflicted? Majority of the population?

You make really good observations but that is way off the mark. Sure there are some loud moral voices... Many of whom hire escorts. If you said hypocritical, I might agree, or disagree less vehemently, but sex sells in this country. He'll Adam and Eve, the store, commercials run in prime time now! On history channel no less.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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This robot isn't (yet) designed to have sex (so far as I know), but it is human-like, it is designed to provide companionship, and it engages in conversation. Very little extra investment or innovation would be required to make it into a "sexy robot". Even at this early stage of development, I suspect that some people would want to "feel her up" (and, perhaps, some secretly have? ) - which temps me to think that, to some degree, my prediction has already come true. (You will need to click on the link below the video in order to watch it on YouTube.)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_9VApRW8LY

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Old 03-10-2016, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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So now I'm wondering: In what year will we first see an android play the role of an android in a movie or TV show?

This is interesting, in a disturbing dark-comedy sorta way:
The iMom

I suspect that within a couple of years, an android could play a role equivalent to the "iMom" in this film, although it probably won't be real AI yet - just programmed to move and speak the parts.

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Old 03-11-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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America is the only first world country with a large enough population to support a robust implementation of sex androids but the majority of the American population is very conflicted about sexual expression. It is far more likely that the main application of cybernetic technology will be to replace human labor, and in this they will achieve success in advance of success in niche applications like human companionship. ...
I don't think that American prudishness will limit the potential sales of sexy robots to any great degree. Nevertheless, this is partly why I suggested that many sexy robots will probably have at least a few other minor functions (feeding pets? greeting guests? vacuuming?) so that (for those who might need excuses) there is some plausible deniability about buying the machine just for it's sex toy functionality. Also, I suspect that Japan will beat America to the sexy robot market, and I think they could sustain a fairly robust market. This Japanese robot isn't a sex toy robot (so far as I know), but with some relatively minor modifications, it probably could be:
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/robots-shake-check-berlin-travel-233122013.html?m_mode=multipart&_esiInclude=1

I suspect that the next major adult entertainment industry trade fair will feature some early versions of sexy robots.

I think you are probably right about replacing human jobs. When you add up all uses of all types of robots for the next five years, I'm sure that the majority of them will be replacing human labor. But if you look specifically at androids - i.e. robots designed to look human and mimic human emotions - I suspect that a significant percentage (probably a majority) will have some anatomically-correct sex toy functionality added in as a sort of bonus feature. Compared to all of the other technological challenges involved in making androids, the addition of sex-toy functionality would be essentially no challenge at all, and would add comparatively little to the overall research, development, and manufacturing costs (especially when compared to the additional sales potential when these functions are added).

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