Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Romancing a Robot

Han Solo never raised my pulse. Luke is too boyish for my taste. Now, consider Artoo-Detoo. He is always there when you need him—and he always knows what to do. Plus, there's something very endearing about his beeps and whistles. Am I crazy? David Levy says no.

The author of Love and Sex with Robots, a leading expert in artificial intelligence, explains: "My thesis is this: Robots will be hugely attractive to humans as companions because of their many talents, senses, and capabilities. They will have the capacity to fall in love with humans and to make themselves romantically attractive and sexually desirable to humans. Robots will transform human notions of love and sexuality. . . . Love and sex with robots on a grand scale is inevitable. This book explains why."

"Fascinating. It raises important questions about the future of robots, what we might want from them, and what our interactions with them might teach us about ourselves."—New Scientist

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