Experts predict human-robot marriage will be legal by 2050

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By Olivia Goldhill – December 24, 2016 -QUARTZ

Experts predict human-robot marriage will be legal by 2050
A press officer poses with 'Pepper' the Humanoid Robot at the 'World of Me: Store of the near future installation' in London, Britain, April 13, 2016.
Experts predict humans will do more than shake hands with robots. (Reuters/ Hannah Mckay)


In the face of AI exerts repeatedly predicting the rise of sex robots, it’s increasingly difficult to insist that such machines strictly belong to a far-off, dystopian future. But some robotics experts predict we’ll soon be doing far more than having sexual intercourse with machines. Instead, we’ll be making love to them—with all the accompanying romantic feelings.

At this week’s “Love and Sex with Robots” conference at Goldsmith University in London, David Levy, author of a book on human-robot love, predicted that human-robot marriages would be legal by 2050. Adrian Cheok, computing professor at City University London and director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, says the prediction is not so farfetched.

“That might seem outrageous because it’s only 35 years away. But 35 years ago people thought homosexual marriage was outrageous,” says Cheok, who also spoke at the conference. “Until the 1970s, some states didn’t allow white and black people to marry each other. Society does progress and change very rapidly.”

And though human-robot marriage might not be legal until 2050, Cheok believes humans will be living with robot partners long before then.

Though Cheok acknowledges that sex robots could fulfill sexist male sexual fantasies, he believes robot-human marriages will have an overwhelmingly positive effect on society. “People assume that everyone can get married, have sex, fall in love. But actually many don’t,” he says. And even those who do might be in search of a different option. “A lot of human marriages are very unhappy,” Cheok says. “Compared to a bad marriage, a robot will be better than a human.”

Though various sex robots are on the market, there are none that come close to resembling a human sexual partner—and there’s certainly nothing like the type of humanoid robot capable of replicating a loving relationship. However, Cheok believes the greatest technological difficulty in creating love robots is not a mechanical challenge, but a matter of developing the software necessary to build a robot that understands human conversation skillfully enough for the job.

Once that problem has been addressed, Cheok sees no problem with romances between man and machine. “If a robot looks like it loves you, and you feel it loves you, then you’re essentially going to feel like it’s almost human love,” he says. Cheok points out that in Japan and South Korea, there are already cases of humans falling in love with computer characters. Cheok also compares robot love to human emotions for other species, such as pet cats. “We already have very high empathy for non-human creatures. That’s why I think once we have robots that act human, act emotional, or look human, it’s going to be a small jump for us to feel empathy towards robots,” he says.

Others are less convinced. Oliver Bendel, professor at University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland, with a focus on machine ethics, says he does not believe sex or love robots will have moral standing. “Marriage is a form of contract between human beings to regulate mutual rights and obligations including the care and the welfare of children. Perhaps one day robots can have real duties and rights, though I don’t really believe it,” he says. However, he acknowledges that human-robot marriage could become legal by 2050 simply in response to public pressure.

Then again, Bendel says, legislation could move in the other direction: As sex and love robots become more realistic, governments could choose to ban sexual relationships between humans and machines. Either way, though the technology is not ready yet, experts believe it’s best to start figuring out the moral conundrums now, so that we’ll be prepared once romantic sex robots do arrive.

Humans will be marrying robots by 2050, scientists say

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By Carol Pinchefsky – January 04, 2017 – Syfywire


Roboticists claim that it will be legal to have sex with robots by the year 2050.

But people will be having sex with robot partners before that.

No, you’re not reading this wrong.

In an article at Quartz, Adrian Cheok, computing professor at City University London and director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, reminded readers that homosexual marriage, as well as interracial marriage, was considered “outrageous” 35 years ago.

Cheok says that humans have the capacity to love non-humans—such as their pets. Or their anime characters. “If a robot looks like it loves you, and you feel it loves you, then you’re essentially going to feel like it’s almost human love,” Cheok says.

According to Quartz, the real challenge isn’t mechanical. (If you want to google the strides companies have made with sexbots, that’s between you and your browser history.) No, the real challenge is “a matter of developing the software necessary to build a robot that understands human conversation.” Because after all, marriage is about communication.

Not everyone is convinced you’ll have a groovy kind of metallic/latex love. In 2015, ethicists asked people to not have sex with robots because of the possibility of dehumanizing the sexual experience and decreasing empathy with a partner.

But perhaps robo-love can fill in a gap for those who have tried and failed at love with a human with his/her own opinions and demands that you get a real job.

“A lot of human marriages are very unhappy,” Cheok says. “Compared to a bad marriage, a robot will be better than a human.”

What do you think? Will you be welcoming your new robot overlord … into your bed?

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By DW (Kiswahili) – January 6, 2017

Hiki ni kifaa kipya cha simu kinachokupa fursa ya kumrushia busu mwenzio aliye mbali na wewe kwa njia ya kidijitali, na akaweza kuhisi kama vile mnapokuwa karibu. Ili busu liweze kumfika unayemlenga, lazima naye awe na kifaa kama hiki. Kifaa cha ‘Kissenger‘ bado hakipatikani madukani lakini wewe unakionaje? Kweli busu la kidijitali linaweza kuwa sawa na la kweli?
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她愛上自己3D列印的機器人 打算結婚

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她愛上自己3D列印的機器人 打算結婚
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上周舉辦的「第二屆國際人類──機器人性愛研討會」中,《和機器人戀愛,和機器人做愛》的作者David Levy,其實就已預測「人機婚姻」大約會在2050年合法化。

倫敦城市大學電腦系教授Adrian Cheok還認為,「人機婚姻」對社會有益。他認為,很多人類的婚姻並不幸福美滿,比起糟糕的婚姻,機器人或許是個不錯的選擇。


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来源: 澎湃新闻网(上海) – 2016年12月28日 – St Daily



美国网络媒体Quartz报道称,最近在英国举行的“和机器人的爱与性”大会上,英国国际象棋大师和人工智能(AI)专家David Levy预测,人类与机器人间的婚姻或将在2050年前合法。伦敦城市大学教授和新加坡混合实境实验室(Mixed Reality Lab)创办人Adrian Cheok表示支持Levy的想法。







瑞士应用科学大学的教授Oliver Bendel专注于机器伦理领域的研究。他表示,人类与机器人的性和爱关系将不会获得道德的支撑。“婚姻是人与人之间的一种合同形式,它被用以管理人与人之间共同的权利和义务,包括对孩子的照顾和福利。也许有一天机器人能够拥有真正的责任和权利,虽然我不相信这会发生。”Bendel表述道。但他同时也承认,在2050年前,人类与机器人的婚姻或许因为社会压力而合法。



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記者陳敬哲 – 2016年12月31日

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法國一位女性自己打造未婚夫,並且已經展開同居生活。(圖/翻攝自NEW YORK POST)




日前倫敦舉辦「第二屆國際人類-機器人性愛研討會」(Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots),與會學者David Levy認為,人類與機器人婚姻大概會在2050年合法化,獲得其他專家認同。

英國倫敦城市大學教授Adrian Cheok表示,距離2050年僅35年,肯定很多人認為不可思議,但反觀35年前,人類對同性婚姻也相當難以置信,1970年代仍有部分國家反對白人與黑人結婚,社會觀念變化已非常快速。


Adrian Cheok強調,人類對於非人類會有很強同理心,類似飼養寵物,假使機器人能夠擁有極類似人類思考,行動方式也相當雷同,甚至外貌都維妙維肖,同理心恐怕大幅提高,出現依賴與寄託也就不意外。



キスの感触をネットで送信するデバイス爆誕 アイドルが世界中にチューをプレゼントするファンサービスも実現可能!

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マッハ・キショ松 – 2016年12月27日 08時30分 更新 – Itmedia



インターネットを介してキスの感触を送信できる世界初のモバイルデバイス「KISSENGER」が発表されました。シティ大学ロンドンの教授・Adrian David Cheok氏らが開発したもの。







なお、「KISSENGER」の研究はかなり以前から行なわれているもよう。2015年9月にも「BBC Radio」で、同様の機能を持ったデバイスが「世界初のインターネットキス」と紹介されています。


以前から変わった研究として注目されていたよう。画像は「BBC Radio」Webサイトから