利用仪器“远距离亲吻” 国立大学原创概念消除相思之苦

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远距离恋爱的情侣未来不必再忍受相思之苦,只要亲吻一个手机矽膠仪器“Kissenger”,仪器便会即时在另一端复制吻的动作和力道,让双方的视讯体验更加亲密。这部仪器的最初概念,源自新加坡国立大学。

Kissenger构想源自狮城 简单步骤打造亲密时刻

据“Kissenger”的网站,这个仪器的名字结合英文字“kiss”(接吻)和“messenger”(送信人),是全球首个能操作和具商业利益的“传送吻”仪器。网站也表示,“Kissenger” 的最初概念起于2011年,源自新加坡国立大学,随后在2012年发展成本地公司Kissengers Pte Ltd的创作。

在过去两年,结合来自新加坡、斯里兰卡、西班牙、台湾、美国和中国的资源与研发员进行研制。

据《每日邮报》报道,这个科技于12月19日,在伦敦大学金匠学院举行的第二届“机器人的爱与性”研讨会上发布。

仪器的使用方式,似乎蛮简单。首先,双方必须衔接手机和仪器“Kissenger”,然后其中一方只要在“Kissenger”上亲吻,仪器便会即时解读嘴唇的力道,并在另一端的仪器上复制其动作和力道。

另外,为了让双方的亲密时刻更加真实,用户还能在“Kissenger”里植入对方的体味或香水。

Kissenger最终将设计成 人形机器人

不过,“Kissenger”的工程师兼伦敦城市大学博士生Emma Yann Zhang表示,最终的目标是创造出人形机器人。他表示,“我们要采用与手机版本一样的科技、使用矽膠来制造完整的人形机器人。”工程师也透露,他们计划将感应器装置在机器人的头部。

“Kissenger”业务发展经理Dinos Andreou早前表示,如果靠目前的科技来构建嘴巴、嘴唇和舌头,将是个非常昂贵的工程。团队因此必须寻找最简单实际、人们可以接受的方式,并以最快的速度将“Kissenger”推出市面。

仪器的主要消费者预计是远距离恋爱的情侣,但没有生活在一起的家人也能用得上。

据报道, “Kissenger” 手机仪器只是个设计原型,而且推出市场的日期和售价还未公开。

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キスを転送して遠くにいる人とリアルタイムで感触を送受信できる「Kissenger」

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2016年12月26日 12時15分00秒 – Gigazine

http://gigazine.net/news/20161226-robotic-kiss-transmitter/

スマートフォンにくっつけたゴム製の唇にキスすることで、遠く離れた人にリアルな唇の感触や動きを伝えられるデバイスが「Kissenger」です。本当は会いたいのに会えない恋人や親族に愛を伝えたり、みんなで集まる時のパーティーグッズとしても使えるアイテムになっています。

Robotic Kiss Transmitter Lets You Smooch a Loved One From Afar – IEEE Spectrum
http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/robotic-kiss-transmitter-lets-you-smooch-a-loved-one-from-afar


唇型のデバイス「Kissenger」の名前は「mobile kiss messanger(モバイル・キス・メッセンジャー)」という意味を込めたもの。デバイスはプラスチックとシリコンパッドが組み合わされており、シリコンパッドには力覚センサーとアクチュエーターを内蔵しているとのこと。

遠隔地にいる2人が各自のスマートフォンにデバイスを接続し、FaceTimeやSkypeを起動すると、センサーによって感知された2人の唇の動きをリアルタイムで送信・受信しあって、アクチュエーターで動きを再現することで、実際に目の前の相手とキスしているような状況を生み出すことが可能です。

また、Kissengerが使用されるシチュエーションは「恋人たちの間」に限定しておらず、例えば遠隔地にいる祖母に孫がキスを送る、というようなシチュエーションも想定に入れているとのこと。開発を行ったのはロンドン大学でハプティクスについて研究するEmma Yann Zhang氏らのチーム。Zhang氏は、「人々がロボットやAIを介して親密な関係になるという未来は避けることができない」と考えています。

なお、Kissengerは記事作成現在においてテスト段階で、商品化はされていません。現在行われているテストの1つには、親密な関係にある2人にKissengerを使ってもらい、その使用頻度や、デバイスを通してどれほどの喜びが得られるかを評価するというものも。今後は、Kissengerを使用している最中の血圧や心拍の変化も記録され、リアルなキスと比較してKissengerがどれほど肉体に変化を与えるのかということも調査される予定です。

Móviles con labios y ropa interior que vibra: inventos para las relaciones a distancia

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Si las relaciones sentimentales son inevitablemente complicadas, las parejas que superan la distancia deberían tener menciones honoríficas. Aquellos que las sufren harán de Skype su mejor aliado e intentarán llevar la soledad de la manera más digna. Pero… ¿qué pasaría si la tecnología nos permitiese ir un paso más allá? El resultado sería sin duda lo que ha creado la estudiante de ingeniería Emma Yann Zhang: una funda que se conecta al teléfono, con una almohadilla de plástico en la parte inferior de la pantalla para dar besos profilácticos mientras hablamos. A primera vista parece la antítesis del morbo, pero dicen que la sensación de besar es bastante similar. Ya saben, con un poco de imaginación, no se consuela quien no quiere.

Howard Wolowitz, el protagonista de Big Bang Theory, ya habló de ello en uno de los capítulos de la serie para afrontar su abstinencia sexual: dos bocas con terminaciones nerviosas que le permitían desfogarse a gusto. Y ahora se hace realidad en un gadget para móviles.

El de Yann no es el único ejemplo descabellado. En 2014, Durex, marca líder de preservativos, pretendía revolucionar el mercado con Fundawear, un prototipo de ropa interior con sensores de vibración. Su intención no era sustituir al tacto real, solo llenar el vacío a golpe de estímulo.

Móviles con labios y ropa interior que vibra: inventos para las relaciones a distancia

Otro caso más inocente es el de Tomoki Hakeshashi, que se centró en el trauma de dormir solo. Cuenta que su abuela siempre le decía que no había almohada más cómoda que la humana, así que en 2003 diseñó un cojín al que agarrarse con fuerza y esperanza, literalmente. Boyfriend arm pillow tenía la consistencia y forma de medio hombre, e incluso incorporaba dos camisas intercambiables. Quizá la soledad es el estigma del nuevo siglo porque en Internet este tipo de almohadones ya se venden al por mayor. ¿Será éste el futuro sexual de los millenials? Quién sabe.

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/12/21/tentaciones/1482318665_710298.html

키스도 스마트폰으로 주고받는다

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백봉삼 기자 – 2016.12.27 – ZDNet Korea

http://m.zdnet.co.kr/news_view.asp?article_id=20161227090039#imadnews

입술 감촉과 움직임 전달하는 장치 개발

스마트폰으로 멀리 떨어진 사람과 키스를 주고받는 아이디어 상품이 개발돼 주목된다.

현실적인 입술의 감촉과 움직임을 전달하는 장치 ‘키신저’(Kissenger)는 만나고 싶은데 만날 수 없는 연인이나 친족에게 사랑을 전하고 싶을 때 사용하는 아이템이다.

입술 모양의 장치 키신저의 이름은 ‘모바일 키스 메신저’라는 뜻이 함축됐다. 장치는 플라스틱과 실리콘 패드가 결합돼 있으며, 실리콘 패드에는 역각 센서와 액추에이터(전기적인 신호의 변화를 이용하여 물리적인 상태를 바꿔주는 장치)가 내장돼 있다.

키신저는 멀리 떨어진 두 사람이 각자의 스마트폰에 장치를 연결하고 페이스타임이나 스카이프를 시작하면 센서의 의해 감지된 2명의 입술 움직임을 실시간으로 송수신 한다. 또 액추에이터로 움직임을 재현해 마치 실제로 눈앞의 상대와 키스하고 있는 것 같은 상황을 만들어낼 수 있다.

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키신저는 연인 사이뿐 아니라 멀리 떨어져 지내는 할머니에게 손자가 뽀뽀하는 상황도 상정해 개발됐다. 개발은 런던 대학교에서 햅틱(촉각과 힘, 운동감 등을 느끼게 하는 기술)에 대해 연구하는 팀에서 했다.

연구팀에 소속된 엠마 얀 장(Emma Yann Zhang) 연구원은 “사람들이 로봇과 인공지능을 통해 친밀한 관계가 되는 미래는 피할 수 없다”고 말했다.

키신저는 아직 테스트 단계로, 상품화 되지 않았다. 현재 진행 중인 테스트 중 하나는 친밀한 관계에 있는 두 사람이 키신저를 사용할 때 빈도에 따라 얼마나 많은 기쁨을 얻는지 평가하는 것이다.

또 앞으로는 키신저를 사용하는 동안 혈압과 심장 박동의 변화도 기록해 진짜 키스에 비해 키신저가 얼마나 신체 변화를 일으키는가도 조사할 예정이다.

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Study reveals who is most likely to have sex with a ROBOT – and it’s exactly who you’d expect

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15:45, 20 DEC 2016 – UPDATED 15:44, 20 DEC 2016 – BY MIRROR .CO.UK

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/study-reveals-who-most-likely-9485651

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The sex robot industry is thriving, with some academics predicting that humans will be having more sex with robots that with each other by 2050.

But while many people find the idea of sex with a mechanical object abhorrent, academics are keen to find out who is most willing to embrace (literally) this new technology.

“I wanted to see what kind of characteristics influence the use of sex robots,” she told an audience at the conference.

“We react towards computers and machines as we do with human beings. This involves showing empathy and keeping an interpersonal distance with robots.”

Video thumbnail, Sex robot turns HUMANS on when they touch its private parts

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Szczuka’s research found that “anthropomorphic tendency” (ascribe human attributes to) was a positive predictor of intention to buy a sex robot and “negative attitude toward robots” was a negative predictor of intention to buy a sex robot.

Szczuka, along with Professor Nicole Krämer, conducted an online survey of 263 hetrosexual men between the ages of 18 and 67.

The men were shown a two-minute video of different female robots. They were then subjected to questions that revealed their “personality measures” and “attractiveness ratings”.

When they were asked whether or not they would buy such a robot within the next five years, 40.3% of the respondents said they would.

Szczuka does admit there were limitations to the study. Price of the robot wasn’t mentioned and she allows that people willing to take the online survey may already hold a more positive view of robots than others.

“A great next step is to investigate the interests of women when it comes to sex robots,” Szczuka said.

Some of real dolls head do already bare a striking resemblance
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Dr Kate Devlin, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London had already said in a previous talk that there are plenty of benefits for both sexes.

“There are a lot of heath benefits. You can be attached to something that’s not human and we’re already providing a lot of health and therapeutic technology to help older people in care homes. Why can we not provide sex tech as well?” she told the assembled audience.

“But women are massively underrepresented in the technology world and we see that reflected in the products.”

Romance over the phone can be sealed with a kiss

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The Kissenger app has sensors that measure different parts of the lips before the data is transmitted

Sometimes making “mwah” noises or texting lots of Xs isn’t enough. You want to give the person at the other end of the phone line a big old smooch.

Soon you may be able to. Researchers from London, Malaysia and Japan have created the “Kissenger”, which connects to your mobile phone and lets you physically lock lips from afar.

The device, which is named for kiss-messenger rather than after the US diplomat, connects to the bottom of your smartphone so that the rubber lip pad sits underneath the screen, where you can display a live video link of your loved one’s face.

TYING THE BOT British law WILL bend to allow humans and robots to marry sooner than you think

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‘TIL DEATH DO US PARTS First marriage to a robot will happen BEFORE 2050 by which time sexbots will be ‘more attractive than humans’

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Shocking revelations question whether your other half could leave you for a sex robot that fulfils their every desires and is “enormously” more attractive than you

INTERNATIONAL TONSIL TENNIS Incredible virtual kissing device lets you snog people from around the world through your iPhone

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Scientists unveil smooch simulator which mimics the feel of real kissing using hi-tech mouthpieces

You’ll soon be able to snog through your smartphone using this bizarre gadget

It is hoped it will also let you snog virtual characters and sex robots.

So if you’ve ever had a crush on Lara Croft, a virtual smooch could be on the cards in the very near future.

The incredible development was revealed at the second Love and Sex Robot conference at Goldsmith’s University on Monday.

Emma Yann Zhang, who is working on the development said: “We want to make a robotic head with silicon to make a fully kissable robot using the same technology as the mobile phone version.

“We’ll embed control sensors in the robot’s head instead.”

SILICONE SALLY Pimps and madams to buy up sex robots in bid to offer clients ‘love free’ thrills

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Sex workers will work alongside machines which will “learn” how to become the ULTIMATE artificially intelligent sexbot from its clients

Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Joe Fay – The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/20/love_robots_on_shopping_lists/

Saddos only? Nope, happily married dudes just as keen apparently

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Well over a third of men would happily splash out on a humanoid sex robot in the near future, academics have found – despite there being no viable product on the market right now.

Researchers from the University Duisburg-Essen quizzed 263 chaps on their robo-amorous leanings, and co-author Jessica Szczuka presented their findings at the Love and Sex and Robots Conference at Goldsmith’s University yesterday.

They found that a stonking 40.3 per cent of the sample said they would “buy such a robot now or within the next five years.” Just to be clear, for the purposes of the survey, the researchers said sex robots can be understood as android robots (robotic replicated women or men) that are “built to satisfy sexual needs.”

“For this purpose,” the researchers continued, “the robots do not only provide replications of some secondary sexual characteristics (e.g. breasts), but also external genitals (e.g. labia). As this description would also be suitable for hyper realistic sex dolls, sex robots are also capable to move (especially with respect to movements that are important with regard to the fulfilment of sexual needs) and speak.” The latter of which might suppose some form of AI.

As the researchers note, “At present, there is no sex robot available that is suitable for the masses and that provides all the features listed above.” And if and when they do appear, they’re not going to be cheap.

You might immediately summon up a mental image of who is most likely to put such a non-existent product at the top of their shopping list, and we’re guessing there’s a pizza-stained T-shirt and a possible lack of personal grooming involved.

However, this isn’t borne out by the research. The paper says the 40.3 per cent figure “highlights that sex robots could be of interest for more than only a fringe group.”

Even more surprising perhaps, whether respondents were already in a relationship, or had a fulfilling sexual life, had no bearing on their (potential) feelings towards robo-playmates. Similarly, general loneliness had no particular bearing on respondents’ interest in sex bots.

Rather, pre-existing attitudes towards robots and “anthropomorphic tendencies” ie, the “tendency to ascribe human characteristics to non-human objects” appeared to be the strongest indicators of the desire to buy sex robot.

Put plainly, people who are already wary of robots are unlikely to want to have sex with one. Likewise, the fact that people who already had a tendency to anthropomorphise objects – perhaps becoming overly attached with their cars, for example – definitely wanted to move beyond just liking robots. Though the researchers also speculated that “it could be imaginable that clients who pay a lot for sex robots are aware of the fact that robots are non-human, which could prevent their evaluations from falling into the uncanny valley.”

This is all just the beginning. The researchers accept that the study could be improved with a wider sample, and say “it should be a long-term goal to investigate real interactions between humans and sex robots. And let’s be honest, someone needs to actually invent a viable sex robot before things move from wish list to shopping list. ®

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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Joe Fay – The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/19/love_robot_ethics/

Ethics expert has built ladybird-sparing vacuum cleaner

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The possibility of sex robots over-exerting their human lovers to the point of collapse is just one of the ethical conundrums academics and society need to get their head round, a Swiss academic told a conference on sex robots today.

Oliver Bendel, of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, told the Love and Sex and Robots Conference at Goldsmith’s University, that the full range of machine ethics questions can – and should – be applied to sex robots.

Machine ethics sees machines – whether self-driving cars, chatbots, military drones, and presumably, your basic pleasure model – as potential moral agents in their own right, he said.

This raised the question of whether sex robots should have moral skills, in addition to their other more tangible skills, and “if so, which ones?” If they did, he continued, should these be simple “duty ethics” or should they also be mindful of the consequences of their decisions. Could robots enter into contracts?

Certain questions were particularly pertinent, he continued.

These included whether sex robots should be able to “entice” users. This is not just a question or applying some hair gel and a happy-go-lucky expression. Just imagine all the wiles of Google, or mobile games makers, applied to enticing you to keep pressing that button…or whatever.

Another key issue, he said, was whether robots should have the capability of “refusal” in “extreme” circumstance. Similarly, he continued, should robots be compelled to reveal they are, indeed, robots.

Other, arguably less elevated questions, included whether the sex robot should be “available” to a human at all times – something unlikely with most human lovers. At the same time, he asked, how should issues of shame on the part of the human partner be considered – and indeed where would the use of sex robots be considered unacceptable.

The proliferation of sex-robots – presumably able to incorporate data and feedback to constantly up their game – could have a physical effect on their human lovers, and beyond, he warned.

Human sexuality has certain “physical limits” he said, particularly in the male of the species. Robots, on the other hand, were potentially tireless. This could have a knock-on effect for a robot’s human partner, and indeed the partner’s partner. “If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex,” Bendel warned.

Beyond that, Bendel said, what about the effect on those who are supplanted by dedicated machines, or those who are unable to afford such gadgets.

Ethicists and developers could go some way to answering these questions, he said, though ultimately the whole of society had to make a call. AI and robotics are both advancing at a rapid clip, the conference was told, and a number of speakers suggested it should not be left to the traditional porn industry to make these decisions for us.

Even the most dedicated researcher will need a break from grappling with them from time to time. Indeed, Bendel revealed that his most recent project was a ladybird-friendly vacuum cleaner. The device will clean your floors, but if it detects ladybirds and other little critters, it will stop and shoo them away to safety. However, he added, the team had included a kill button for arachnophobes. ®

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Ultra-realistic ‘digital sex headsets’ will allow you to enjoy a virtual reality romp with your favourite celebrity crush

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BY JOSHUA TAYLOR | 17:51, 20 DEC 2016 | UPDATED 11:09, 22 DEC 2016 | Mirror

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You could soon have ultra-realistic sex with your favourite celebrity crush using virtual reality headsets, a technology expert said.

New equipment coming on to the market in the gaming industry could be utilised for the most realistic porn ever.

Prof Lynne Hall, from the University of Sunderland’s computing, engineering and technology department, said virtual reality headsets are becoming cheaper and more sophisticated.

She said: “If you want to be Kate Winslet standing in front of Leonardo DiCaprio, that can happen.

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Users could have sex with Leonardo DiCaprio in virtual reality, the expert says (Photo: Getty)

 

 

“The porn sector will do this if there’s a lot of money in it and there will be a lot of money in it.”

Prof Hall added: “Leisure sex is increasingly socially acceptable and pornography is very widely accessed.

“We live very small lives dominated by smartphones. This fits very well into that lifestyle.”

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The porn sector would be interested if money was involved – and there would be, Prof Hall said

Prof Hall was speaking at the Love and Sex with Robots second international congress at Goldsmiths, University of London, as she presented a research paper called ‘sex with robots for love-free encounters’.

The paper explores the “technological advances for pornography and their relevance for such fantasy sex robots… through the integration of virtual reality, tele-dildonics, soft and wearable robots”.

It says robotics could “support love-free sexual pleasure… across a range of domains”.

 

Study reveals who is most likely to have sex with a ROBOT – and it’s exactly who you’d expect

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BY MIRROR .CO.UK | 15:45, 20 DEC 2016 | UPDATED15:44, 20 DEC 2016

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The sex robot industry is thriving, with some academics predicting that humans will be having more sex with robots that with each other by 2050.

But while many people find the idea of sex with a mechanical object abhorrent, academics are keen to find out who is most willing to embrace (literally) this new technology.

Speaking at the Love and Sex with Robots conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, Jessica M. Szczuka from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany took on the preconceptions of lonely men shacking up with cyber-lovers.

“I wanted to see what kind of characteristics influence the use of sex robots,” she told an audience at the conference.

“We react towards computers and machines as we do with human beings. This involves showing empathy and keeping an interpersonal distance with robots.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Szczuka’s research found that “anthropomorphic tendency” (ascribe human attributes to) was a positive predictor of intention to buy a sex robot and “negative attitude toward robots” was a negative predictor of intention to buy a sex robot.

Remarkable ‘Kissenger’ gadget lets you smooch a long-distance lover over the internet

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BY MIRROR .CO.UK | 08:31, 20 DEC 2016 | UPDATED 08:31, 20 DEC 2016

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Lovers separated by distance can see and talk to each other using the internet – but what about sharing a smooch?

The Kissenger is a gadget that’s been knocking around university research labs for the last few years and aims to let couple kiss each other through the internet.

It’s a brightly-coloured smartphone holster with an inviting plastic pad attached to the bottom. You lock lips with the pad and it transmits the sensation through to an identical holster and an identical pad that’s nestling your partner’s phone wherever that may be.

“Kissing is the most direct and universal expression of intimacy and affection,” explained Emma Yann Zhang, who worked on the prototype.

“It’s a way for us to bond and maintain intimacy in our relationships,” she told an audience at the Love and Sex with Robots congress as Goldsmiths, University of London.

“Also, it’s stress reducing; when we engage in this kind of intimate physical touch, we have a lower level of blood pressure.”

The Kissenger works with pressure sensors and actuators that record and transmit the your kiss to the receiving device, which recreates it for the person on the other end through an app that also features videocalling.

The creators admit that there’s still a way to go when it comes to accurately creating a long-distance makeout session. For starters, the pad isn’t mouth-shaped (although the actuators are lined like lips) and there’s no simulation for a tongue.

But the creators insist that it’s already helping to get people accustomed to machine-based touching. And, moreover, that it’s not being used in an overtly sexual way.

“Parents can also use Kissenger to give their children a kiss on the cheek when they are away at work,” say its creators.

Zhang explained that the next stage of the Kissenger is to build scent into the prototype. So you can get the authentic smell of the person you want to kiss.

 

Sex robots ‘could reveal your deepest perversions to complete strangers’

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BY MIRROR .CO.UK | 13:45, 19 DEC 2016 | UPDATED 13:45, 19 DEC 2016

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You may think that what goes on between you and your sex robot in the privacy of your own home is nobody’s business but your own.

But experts have warned that – like fitness trackers and smart TVs – many of these futuristic sex toys will record and store personal data about how people use and store them.

Unless questions are asked about how and why this data is being used, things could go badly wrong, according to Dr Kate Devlin, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

“Right now my big concern is about data,” explained Dr Kate Devlin, during a keynote session at the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots in London this week.

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The “True Companion” sex robot, Roxxxy (Photo: Getty)

“We tick the box of the terms and conditions without checking them.”

Dr. Devlin cited the case of Standard Innovation, a US-based tech company that makes internet-connected sex toys under the We-Vibe branding, which is currently being sued.

The company is being accused of recording incredibly personal data – including things like vaginal temperature and preferred intensity setting – without the user’s consent.

The woman’s lawyer, Eve-Lynn Rapp, said: “This is one of the more incredible invasions of privacy we’ve ever dealt with.”

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Teh We-Vibe sex toy (Photo: WeVibe)

“We do collect certain limited data to help us improve our products and for diagnostic purposes,” Standard Innovation said in a statement.

“As a matter of practice, we use this data in an aggregate, non-identifiable form.”

Dr Devlin said that, in some cases, collecting personal data can be useful.

“For example, if it is fed back into the product to make it better,” she says, highlighting a thermometer gadget called Daysy that offers menstrual cycle tracking.

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Various components of the sex dolls (Photo: Getty)

User feedback has also been proven to improve the product’s accuracy.

“But do we want people to know when we have sex and how we have sex?” she asked.

The argument is that if data collection is not monitored it could very easily turn into a slippery slope of personal data collection which is then open to hackers.

Despite raising concerns about both the data collection and the objectification of women that are by-products of sex robots, Dr Devlin argues that they are a positive development.

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Jude Law, as male sex robot Gigolo Joe in AI, was programmed to have sex with women (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

“There are a lot of heath benefits. You can be attached to something that’s not human and we’re already providing a lot of health and therapeutic technology to help older people in care homes. Why can we not provide sex tech as well?”

“The other thing that concerns me is the sexism. Women are massively underrepresented in the technology world and we see that reflected in the products.”

Back in 2007, artificial intelligence researcher David Levy from the University of Maastricht told LiveScience that people could be marrying robots – and consummating their vows – by 2050.

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Although it might not appeal at first, he said, “once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon.”

In his PhD thesis, “Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners”, Levy stated that the more human-like robots become in terms of personality, function and appearance, the more likely they are to form romantic partners for real people.

“It may sound a little weird, but it isn’t,” he said.

The Love and Sex with Robots congress is running at Goldsmiths, University of London from December 19-20.

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