Will you interact with robots? Or will you marry one? Do robots have the right to say no to these things? The meeting was hastily rescheduled to London after Malaysia (the original venue) banned a “sex with a robot”-themed parliament, one of the few discussions raised at the meeting.
These issues have proven to be contentious not only in conservative regions, but also in open countries in the West. There were no representatives of the adult products industry at the conference, and no related products were exhibited, which also made some people question the significance of this seminar.
A US company specializing in sex dolls claims they have released the world’s first artificial intelligence-equipped sex doll. If commercialized, it would prove roboticist David Levy right. He has been prophesying for a long time. The era of companion robots is coming, and it is.
In his closing remarks at the conference, he explained the development of intimacy between sex dolls, robots and humans. “We have sex doll companions, and companion robots are a logical continuation of this trend,” he said. In the next 10 years, we can use technologies such as sculpture, 3D, artificial intelligence, etc., to create works that meet our expectations of our partners. Humanoid – patient, kind, caring, trusting and respectful.
But the idea could raise ethical questions, especially since he argues that the law must recognize robots as humans. It may sound far-fetched, but in 2016, a special group of representatives from the tech industry, academia and government was tackling these issues.
As for their rights, there’s a simple answer: If the behavior of a sex doll or robot suggests that the owner wants to be in a relationship, we’ll assume it agrees.
In the tech industry, there is little evidence that current AI is manifesting in anything that has nothing to do with humans. Companion robots such as “Little Pepper” and “Xiao Nao” have human characteristics, but they look more like friendly toys than highly recognizable humans. And the twin robots made by Professor Ishiguro in his image are often labeled as creepy.
But there does seem to be a desire to humanize our realistic sex dolls and robots, such as Amazon’s Alexa and smartphone assistant Siri, which are often personified. But you’ll see that we still have a long way to go before we can make humanoid objects move like humans.
At the symposium, some researchers raised the field of remote touch, including the Teletongue, a device developed at Keio University in Japan that allows couples at a distance to feel physical touch. One side touches the device, then transmits sounds and vibrations to the other half, and the other half feels and hears these actions.
The Institute of Engineering, which organized the conference, conducted a small survey of attitudes toward humanoid robots. They only asked 30 members of the lab if they were interested in interacting with humanoids. The summed up answer seems to be that, while many believe it is inevitable, few are willing to do it themselves.
One audience member summed up the session by saying, “We can’t agree on the future of sex dolls and robots, and we can’t agree on what sex is.” However, the event provided an opportunity to think about the future of the industry, said the event. . development, and the ethical issues that arise from it.
If we have a conscious artificial partner, how do we know it’s conscious? How advanced will this consciousness be? What is our responsibility for our work? What do you think of many questions?