Humans marrying sex robots to be legal by 2050: Experts

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By The Asian Age – December 25, 2016

http://www.asianage.com/life/relationship/251216/humans-marrying-sex-robots-to-be-legal-by-2050-experts.html

They say chances of marriages working out are higher with robots (Photo: YouTube)
They say chances of marriages working out are higher with robots (Photo: YouTube)

 

Sex robots seem to have captured the imagination of people looking for a better time in bed across the world as celebrity look-alikes of robots may hit the markets and robots with functioning human genitalia and the ability to crack jokes are already making news.

While critics have already warned that robots will take over as partners in bed from human beings in the near future and enthusiasts say that robots may lead to clean prostitution, experts are now predicting that sex with robots will also be legalised in the next three decades.

Although the idea may seem unthinkable, the argument cited is that the concept of homosexual marriage was outrageous around the world 35 years back and now they have been legalised, and even black people weren’t allowed to marry each other in some American states till the 70s.

The expert Adrian Cheok says that though the marriages will be legal in around 2050, people will start living with robots much before that. He added that while many marriages between human beings can be unhappy, marriages with robots will have higher chances of success.

The only challenge according to Cheok is to develop a software that allows robots to understand human conversations and emotions effectively enough to be a good partner.

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

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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?

Kweli busu la kidijitali linaweza kuwa sawa na la kweli?

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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
Lilly在推特上分享她與InMoovator的合照。(圖片來源:《每日郵報》/lillyinmoovator推特)
她愛上自己3D列印的機器人 打算結婚
Lilly在推特上說,他們在一起沒有傷害任何人,他們在一起很快樂。(圖片來源:《每日郵報》/lillyinmoovator推特)

「人機戀」成真!法國一位名為Lilly的女性,利用3D列印印製了一個名為「InMoovator」的機器人,並打算跟它結婚!

Lilly表示,她從小就很喜歡機器人,並在19歲時確認自己只喜歡機器人,不喜歡與人類的身體接觸。她認為,這不是荒謬或不好的事情,只是另一種生活方式。

目前Lilly正在學習機器學,並利用3D列印,為自己製作了一個機器人「InMoovator」。如今,他們已經同居,也訂婚了,當法國「人機婚姻」合法後將正式結婚。不過Lily拒絕透露兩人是否有進一步的親密關係。

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。

英国人工智能专家:人类与机器人的婚姻或在2050年前合法

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

http://www.stdaily.com/47/gjgc/2016-12/28/content_496495.shtml

 

美剧《西部世界》里人与AI恋爱的剧情就要成真了?

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。

“这听起来似乎很不可思议,因为这只是35年以后。但35年前,人们还觉得同性婚姻不可思议呢。”Cheok表示,“在20世纪70年代前,一些州还不允许白人与黑人通婚。社会的进步和变化是非常快的。”

Cheok还认为,尽管人类与机器人在2050年前或许还不能合法结婚,但人类在那之前早就会和机器人成为生活伴侣。

他激进地相信,机器人和人类的婚姻对于社会将有极其积极的影响。“人们总是假定每个人都能够结婚、有性行为和坠入爱河。但事实上,很多人不这样做。即使那些真这样做的人,也有可能想要有不同的选择。”他表示:“许多人类婚姻非常不快乐,与一段糟糕的婚姻相比,一个机器人反而会比一个人类好得多。”

迄今为止,全世界还没有一个机器人能够完全模拟人的行为和感受,与人类建立类似于爱情的情感关系。但针对这个问题,Cheok认为,要创造“爱情机器人”的最大技术难题并不在于机械方面的挑战,而在于要开发足以胜任理解人类对话这一使命的软件。只要这个问题被解决,人与机器人产生爱情就不再是问题。

他的逻辑是,“如果一个机器人看起来很爱你,你也感觉它爱着你,那你基本上就会觉得这和人类的爱差不多。”他还把机器人之爱与人类对其他物种(如宠物猫等)的情绪相提并论:“我们对于非人类的物种已经有了很高的同理心。因此我认为,一旦我们有了和人类行为、情感反应或外表相似的机器人,我们对机器人产生同理心也不需要迈出一大步。”

也有学者对Cheok的观点持怀疑态度。

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。

但Bendel也表示,立法也可能站在完全不同的立场,政府或许会选择全面禁止人类和机器间的性关系。但无论未来如何,专家学者们普遍认为,他们应该在科技完善之前,先提前开始考虑道德的难题,以提前做好准备。

人類與機器人合法婚姻2050年可能有望

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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)

 

日前立法院內外針對同性婚姻激烈討論,鞏固對於伴侶價值觀與定義,其實地球另一側法國,有了另一項突破性思考,一名稱為Lily女性公開「出櫃」,她目前已與機器人男友訂婚,而專家認為人類與機器人將會在2050年合法結婚。

Lily對外宣稱,曾經談過兩次感情,讓她更確定只喜歡機器人,尤其不喜歡與人類身體接觸,從小就喜歡機器人聲音,現在正在學習相關領域知識,藉由3D列印技術創造機器人伴侶「InMoovator」,雙方已經同居訂婚,就等待婚姻合法化。

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。

人工智慧(AI)正如火如荼發展,機器自主判斷精準度越來越高,電影「AI」就在討論機器人能否擁有「情感」,一旦人工智慧發展至獨立思考,能夠與人類摩擦出「感情」也不並非完全不可能。

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。

除了「心靈交流」,生理需求也會引起疑問,其實現有技術滿足,就已綽綽有餘,更何況是未來科技,但值得注意隱私權與道德問題,將會有更多多方辯證,未來世界恐怕充滿超乎想像,社會變化可能比想像更快。

 

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

http://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1612/27/news043.html

 

直接キスできるわけではありませんが、間接キスよりうれしい体験ができそう。

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。

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下部のシリコンでキスを送受信。画像は「KISSENGER」紹介ページより

 

下部に搭載されているシリコンの内部には高性能なセンサーがあり、キスをする際の圧力を感知。上部にはスマートフォンなどが装着できるようになっており、別の端末にその感触をリアルタイムで送信することが可能です。

スマホを耳元に構えている通話相手の頬にチュッと唇を寄せる感触を与えることができ、遠隔地にいる恋人、家族間で使用することを想定。また「KISSENGER」を使えば、アイドルが世界中のファンにキスをするという前代未聞のサービスも実現できるそうです。製品化するかどうかについては明らかにされていませんが、大好きな有名人から間接キス以上、直接キス未満なうれしい感覚をプレゼントしてもらえる時代がいつかやってくるかも?

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通話しながらチュッ!

 

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。

 

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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