The Sexbots Are Coming

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By Matthew Reisz – December 23, 2016 – The Times Higher Education World University Ranking
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Source: Getty. Inhuman touch: sex with machines ‘more convenient’, says computing scholar

The strange new world of cyborg mermaids, “teledildonics” and Japanese robots modelled on Scarlett Johansson came under academic scrutiny at a conference last month.

The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots had already been banned in Malaysia and was described by a British tabloid newspaper as a “sex festival”, but its second annual event nonetheless went ahead as planned at Goldsmiths, University of London on 19 and 20 December.

In her opening keynote speech, co-organiser Kate Devlin, senior lecturer in computing at Goldsmiths, noted that “sex tech” now represents “a $30 billion [£24 billion] global market”. Yet this market attracts polarised reactions.

On the one hand, explained Dr Devlin, there were techno-optimists such as David Levy, CEO of Intelligent Toys, whose 2007 book Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships saw great therapeutic potential in robots for those otherwise unable to find a partner and predicted that “the first human-robot marriage will take place in the state of Massachusetts around the year 2050”.

Opposed to him were activists such as Kathleen Richardson, senior lecturer in the ethics of robotics at De Montfort University, who has spearheaded the Campaign against Sex Robots, on the grounds that they “objectify women” and “raise issues of slavery and parallels with sex work”.

Dr Devlin wanted to get away from the image of sex robots created essentially for men’s pleasure and asked: “Why do we gender robots at all?” If we are already, she continued, “providing robots for care and companionship in old people’s homes, why not sex tech too?” Furthermore, if robots ever became genuinely conscious or self-aware, that would raise a host of additional issues.

Dr Devlin posed the questions: “Will robots have to give consent? What if they prefer sex with each other? And do they have a right to a family life?”

Jessica Szczuka, a researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, reported on evidence that the market for sex robots constituted “more than only a fringe group”. In a sample of 263 heterosexual men, just over 40 per cent “could imagine buying a sex robot over the next five years” – and it seemed not to matter whether they were in a relationship or currently claimed to be enjoying a good sex life.

Emma Yann Zhang, a PhD student at the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia, described the work they were carrying out on Kissinger, “the world’s first mobile kiss messenger”.

Participants put their lips to a device that can transmit the exact patterns of pressure to a partner on the other side of the world. This can be combined with a video call and a sniff of the person’s perfume (or even their body odour) to create a fuller sensory experience.

“People don’t understand the social meaning of such digital kissing,” reflected Ms Zhang. Women from Muslim backgrounds, brought up never to have any physical contact with men before marriage, seemed to have no hesitation at “kissing” colleagues in this way, she said.

There might also be a role for Kissinger in online dating, so potential partners could have that crucial first kiss before actually meeting up, she suggested.

The conference featured some startling predictions about what the future of sex might bring.

Dr Levy recalled that his PhD thesis, Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners, had brought the University of Maastricht “more publicity than any other in its history”.

In the past decade, “the trend of robotics research and development, from industrial robots to service robots to companion and carer robots, has as its logical continuation the design and construction of robots sufficiently human-like and sufficiently appealing in various ways to take on the role of a partner in a relationship with a human being”, he said. Now “sex with robots is just around the corner, with the first sexbots coming from Abyss Creations in California some time next year”, Dr Levy added.

As same-sex marriage has gained rapid and widespread acceptance, attitudes to relationships between humans and robots could evolve equally rapidly, he argued.

Adrian Choek, professor of pervasive computing at City, University of London, believed that “robot sex will become so much easier and more convenient”, although people might use a human partner for an occasional treat – just as those who generally listen to recorded music go to a live concert once a year.

Yet amid these startling scenarios, other contributions reminded us just how strange and individual human sexual preferences can be. Asked what they would look for in a sex robot, one female panellist wanted one “looking like an Avatar”, as portrayed in James Cameron’s 2009 science fiction film of the same name. Another female panellist expressed a preference for “something I could cuddle, something soft, silky and squishy – except in the places it needs to be not squishy”.

Kissenger: The iPhone app with an associated gadget that acts as a ‘kiss messenger’

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30 Dec 2016 , 10:22 – Tech 2

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Image: Kissenger

You can now send a physical kiss to your long-distance lover over the internet, thanks to a new smartphone gadget developed by researchers.

The device, known as Kissenger, works with pressure sensors and actuators.

It records the user’s kiss and transmits it to an identical receiving device, which recreates it for the person on the other end through an app that also features videocalling.

“Kissing is the most direct and universal expression of intimacy and affection,” said Emma Yann Zhang, who worked on the prototype as PhD student at City University London.

“It’s a way for us to bond and maintain intimacy in our relationships,” she said.

“Also, it stresses reducing; when we engage in this kind of intimate physical touch, we have a lower level of blood pressure,” Zhang was quoted as saying by the ‘Mirror’.

Parents can also use Kissenger to give their children a kiss on the cheek when they are away at work, researchers said.

Long-distance love made easier with Kissenger, the virtual kissing gadget

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Long-distance relationships are hard. Even though smartphones and the internet help bring us closer, physical contact can make all the difference.

A new device called Kissenger hopes to bridge the gap separating long-distance loved ones. Developed by researchers in Adrian David Cheok’s Imagineering Lab and Imagineering Institute in Iskandar, Malaysia, Kissenger simulates a kiss using pressure sensors and actuators, while users are video chatting through an iOS application.

“The Kissenger device was built for people to better express intimacy and emotion remotely through internet kissing,” Emma Yann Zhang, a PhD student at City University London, told Digital Trends. “It aims to fill in the missing dimension of touch in traditional digital communication, which largely focuses on verbal and audio information. We believe that physical touch is the most important channel to communicate one’s emotions and to maintain close relationships with your loved ones on the other side of the world.”

Kissenger isn’t the first of such devices to emerge from the Imagineering Lab. Cheok’s past projects have included the Huggy Pajama and RingU, both of which digitally transmit the sensation of touch from one wearer to another.

To be sure, these devices aren’t exclusively designed for couples. Zhang insists families could benefit from the added affection as well. And it apparently isn’t limited to human-human interaction, either.

The researchers demonstrated Kissenger last month at the Love and Sex With Robots conference in London, where experts and enthusiasts discussed the growing implications of sexualized androids. In that vein, the Imagineering Lab is also planning to integrate the device into a kissing humanoid robot with interactive lips. “With new types of technologies and interfaces that enable physical intimacy between humans and robots,” Zhang said, addressing a subject that remains controversial, “I believe that we can form more humanistic and intimate relationships with robots.”

For now the researchers are looking for commercial partners and investors to bring Kissenger to market so you too can soon smooch your long distance partner.

Kissinger, il dispositivo che invia i baci con lo smartphone

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Una superficie in silicone registra pressione e durata del bacio per poi riprodurla su un dispositivo simile

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Non è facile esprimere i propri sentimenti in chat. Quando le parole non bastano siamo soliti ricorrere alle emoji ma se anche queste non sono abbastanza, cosa fare? Bé, c’è Kissinger.

Curiosa idea made in UK, è una cover che si connette al telefono e ti permette di spedire baci realistici a un altro utente dotato del Kissinger. La cover, sotto, ha una parte in silicone dotata di pistoncini e sensori su cui poggiare le labbra. Questa registra pressione e durata del bacio mentre il destinatario può poggiare la superficie in silicone su labbra o guancia per sentire sulla pelle una riproduzione del bacio ricevuto.

Va detto che al momento Kissinger è solo un prototipo, non può essere acquistato e, a dirla tutta, non sappiamo neanche quanto il bacio sia realistico. Per saperlo bisognerà aspettare che gli ideatori, due ricercatori dell’Imagineering Lab della City University of London, lo facciano diventare realtà. Per ora quindi non ci rimane che consultare il sito web dedicato per conoscere ogni aggiornamento in merito.

 

Agora já é possível beijar à distância pelo telemóvel

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2016-12-29 13:21 – Redação / CS

http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/tecnologia/kissenger/agora-ja-e-possivel-beijar-a-distancia

Kissenger é um novo aparelho que permitirá aos utilizadores enviarem e sentirem beijos à distância

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Kissenger. (reprodução vídeo Youtube)

Batizado como Kissenger, uma mistura de Kiss (beijo) com Messenger, este novo aparelho permite aos utilizadores beijarem-se à distância.

O aparelho, que é uma espécie de almofada em silicone, deve ser acoplado ao smartphone. Para enviar um beijo, terá de beijar a almofada e esperar que a pressão seja identificada pela aplicação. Depois de identificada, o sinal é enviado para outro dispositivo e o beijo será reproduzido da forma mais real.

De acordo com o Mashable, o aparelho criado por estudantes universitários, em Londres, ainda é um protótipo e parece só estar disponível para iOS.

Kissenger permite beijar à distância

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29.12.2016 às 10h08 – Exame Informática

http://exameinformatica.sapo.pt/noticias/insolitos/2016-12-29-Kissenger-permite-beijar-a-distancia

Ogadget Kissenger tem sensores e simuladores que permitem a um utilizador beijá-lo e a outro, à distância, receber esse beijo. O beijo “digital” não envolve língua e replica um beijo na face ou nos lábios, explica o The Verge.

O aparelho é comercializado em conjunto com uma app e consiste num pedaço de silicone que deve ser ligado a um tablet através da entrada jack 3,5mm, habitualmente dedicada aos auscultadores. O utilizador deve encostar os seus lábios ao silicone que mede a pressão em determinados pontos e replica-a no Kissenger do recetor.

Nesta fase, ainda não passa de um protótipo, criado apenas para iOS, e não há qualquer indicador sobre a disponibilidade comercial deste gadget.

Veja um vídeo publicado pelo The Gadget Show, no YouTube, sobre o Kissenger.

 

Kissenger, um mensageiro que ‘entrega’ beijos à distância

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 – Economia Online – 30 Dezembro 2016

https://eco.pt/2016/12/30/tem-uma-relacao-a-distancia-entao-o-kiss-messenger-e-para-si/

Mandar um beijo a quem está longe, e essa pessoa sentir o beijo que lhe mandou. Será possível? Há quem diga que sim, com o “Kiss messenger”.

Setem uma relação à distância, o “kiss messenger” foi feito para si: a invenção permite-lhe enviar beijos para quem quiser através de um iPhone.

Uma das missões dos gadgets de hoje em dia é adicionar um toque humano às conversações, revela o Mashable. O Kissenger é o “kiss messenger” que promete reproduzir o seu beijo no dispositivo da pessoa a quem quer enviá-lo. É uma almofada em silicone que regista a pressão dos seus lábios para a aplicação e se adapta aos telemóveis como se fosse uma extensão.

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A pessoa a quem se destina este “beijo” pode depois pressionar esta almofada contra os seus lábios e recebê-lo desta forma, mas ainda não é certo quão real este beijo pode vir a parecer.

Segundo o site Mashable, o Kissenger ainda é um protótipo, disponível apenas para iPhones — mais tarde, pode vir a ser adaptado para outro tipo de telemóveis. Liga-se aos aparelhos através da entrada para os auscultadores e foi criado pelos académicos do Imagineering Lab da City University, em Londres.

Editado por Mariana de Araújo Barbosa (mariana.barbosa@eco.pt)

“Kissenger” ermöglicht Küsse über das Handy

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Silikonaufsatz – Heute

http://www.heute.at/love/herz/Kissenger-ermoeglicht-Kuesse-ueber-das-Handy;art23704,1384334

Tolle Neuigkeiten für Paare, die in einer Fernbeziehung stecken. Bald schon nämlich könnten Küsse Raum und Zeit überwinden und bequem per Smartphone verschickt werden: An der Technologie-Konferenz “Love and Sex with Robots” in London hat die Studentin Emma Yann Zhang einen entsprechenden Handy-Aufsatz und die dazugehörige App präsentiert. Der Kissenger kann Berührungen erkennen und weitergeben.

Das Gadget ähnelt einer zu groß geratenen Handy-Hülle und verfügt über ein angestecktes Silikonkissen, dessen Sensor-Oberfläche die Berührungen der Lippen scannt. Um dem Freund oder der Freundin einen Kuss zu übermitteln, schmust man folglich zuallererst mit dem Silikonkissen, bis es die Berührungen registriert hat und dem Empfänger mit selbigem Zubehör zuschickt. Dieser muss dann ebenfalls den Mund auf das Kissen legen, um den Fernkuss zu spüren.

Im Inneren des Silikonkissens befinden sich hierfür kleine Motoren, die die Berührung naturgetreu auf dem Smartphone des Empfängers wiedergeben. Der Videochat in der dazugehörigen App ermöglicht es zugleich, den küssenden Partner oder die Partnerin auf dem Smartphone-Display zu sehen.

Kissenger steht am Anfang der Entwicklung
Allerdings handelt es sich beim Kissenger erst um einen Prototypen. In einem nächsten Schritt will die Studentin Zhang Blutdruck und Herzfrequenzen von Kissenger-Probanden messen, um festzustellen, ob das Handyzubehör mit echten Küssen von Mensch zu Mensch mithalten kann. Ob Kissenger in naher Zukunft auf den Markt kommt, ist nicht bekannt.

10 Fakten übers Küssen

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10 interessante Fakten übers Küssen
Küssen ist schön. Aber nicht nur das. Küssen ist auch interessant, wie diese 10 Fakten beweisen! (Foto: Fotolia)

Nearly half of men would have sex with robots

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This could be the end of sex as we know it.

And some women might soon be competing with technology for their men.

At least 40% of European men surveyed say they’re willing to put up cash to purchase a robotic lover that will endlessly put out.

Jessica Szczuka divulged her findings on Monday at the Love and Sex With Robots congress at London’s Goldsmiths University.

Szczuka, who hails from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, reported nearly half of males interviewed claimed they could imagine using a sex robot within the next five years.

“Being in a relationship doesn’t mean sexual fulfillment,” Szczuka said, according to the UK’s Daily Star.

“Sex is a very important part of social interaction.”

Szczuka questioned close to 300 men of all ages and also discovered that relationship status had no bearing on the outcome.

She added that while humans will form “special” bonds, they’ll also enjoy electronic friends with benefits in the very near future.

Last year, a report called the Future of Sex claimed that human-robot coitus will overtake human-human intercourse by 2050.

Researchers warn sex robots could be so good humans stop mating

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by Luke Johnson – Trusted Reviews

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/researches-warn-sex-robots-could-be-so-good-humans-stop-mating#8t8YYB18DfTCR9xQ.99

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We’ve known for years that robots are the future of everything, TV has told us so.

While you’d be happy for one to wash your dishes or iron your clothes, however, you might not have thought that they’d end up as your go-to bedmate of choice.

According to researchers, though, not only are sex robots on their way, they could be so good at the extra curricular activity that it puts human life in danger.

How? Well, Swiss researcher Oliver Bendel has warned an audience at the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots (sadly that is a thing), that it’s because they’ll never tire.

 

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If the thought of getting down and dirty with a machine isn’t enough to put your off the state of the human race’s future, how’s being humped to death by a sex robot sound? Not too appealing, no?

“If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex,” he said.

That’s not all we’ve got to worry about from robot lovers either.

As well as being inexhaustible lovers, Bendel suggests that robots could be so good at getting your rocks off, that traditional human lovers will pale in comparison.

That could mean fewer people actually procreating and humans going to way of the dinosaurs – sort of.

Don’t worry though, all of this scarier than the Terminator tech is still a long way off yet. Until then you’ll just have to make do with the latest tech-enhancement to your love life, VR.

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