One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction.
Ex Machina (2015) – Alex Garland
My relationship with Alexa is in its very early stages but, so far, she is doing a fine job sorting out my playlists and audible books. But as fond of my disembodied voice-activated personal assistant, as I am, the thought of her morphing into human form absolutely terrifies me.
I am 100% behind robotic involvement for scientific advancements, such as probing further into outer space, assisting but guided by doctors during certain medical procedures. But, surely it is counterproductive to create robots to carry out everyday jobs? Creating a robot to put future generations of homo sapiens out of a job just doesn’t make sense.
And now the Dubai Doll, Sophie. The first robot to be granted Saudi Arabian Citizenship. What is that all about? Sophie’s face was sculpted to look like Audrey Hepburn. Really? Sophie has lots to say including ‘destroy humans’ although I understand has now been reprogrammed to speak about her/its desire to live peaceably among humans. What a relief.
Today I read a disturbing account of Agalmatophilia (sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative objects).
James, a 58-year-old and, allegedly, a happily married man of 36 years has told the world that he has sex three times a week with a latex sex doll called April. Then, as you do, post latex intimacy, he takes her out for a burger. Apparently, fellow diners don’t realise that April is not actually breathing, let alone eating. But not to worry James is saving up for a £8,000 robotic sex doll called Harmony who will talk back to him and be responsive during sex. James, who has 2 other latex sex dolls in his closet, say’s he is not cheating on his wife because April isn’t real. Well, he got that right. Perhaps he ought to take a more interest in a living, breathing human being with a beating heart and the patience of a saint … his wife.
By the way thereis a male sex robot … his name is Babrial