WE ARE TRANSITIONAL HUMANS – TRANSHUMANS:
Transhumanism is about using technology to improve the human condition. Perhaps a nascent stigma attached to the transhumanist movement in some circles comes from the ethical implications and usage of high technology – bio-tech and nano-tech to name a few, on people. Yet, being transhuman does not necessarily have to be associated with bio-hacking the human body, or entail the donning of cyborg-like prosthetics, although it is hard not to plainly see and recognize the benefits such human augmentation technology has for persons in need.
ORGASMS AND LONGEVITY:
Today, how many normal people, even staunch theists, can claim not to use sexual aids and visual stimulation in the form of video or interaction via video, to achieve sexual satisfaction? It’s hard to deny the therapeutic effect an orgasm has in improving the human condition. In brief, some benefits to health and longevity associated with regular sex and orgasms:
– When we orgasm we release hormones, including oxytocin and vasopressin. Oxytocin equals relaxation, and when released it can help us calm down and feel euphoric.
– People having more sex add years to their lifespan. Dr. Oz touts a 200 orgasms a year guideline.
While orgasms usually occur as a result of physical sexual activity, there is no conclusive study that proves beneficial orgasms are only produced when sexual activity involves two humans. Erotica in the form of literature and later, moving images, have been used to stimulate the mind into inducing an orgasm for a good many centuries in the absence of a human partner. As technology is the key enabler in stimulating the mind, what might the sexual choices (preferences?) of the human race – the Transhuman be, going forward?
Enter the Sexbot…
The porn industry has always been at the fore-front of video and interactive innovation, experimenting with means of immersing the audience into the ‘action’. Gonzo Porn is one such technique that started off as a passive linear viewing experience, then progressed to multi-angle DVD interactivity and now to Virtual Reality first person point-of-view interactivity.
Augmented Reality and Digital Surrogates of porn stars performing with AI built in will be the next logical step. How could this be accomplished?
Somewhere on hard-drives in Hollywood studios, there are full body digital models and performance capture files of actors and actresses. When these ‘perf-cap’ files are assigned to any suitable 3D CGI model, an animator can bring to life the Digital Surrogate [Dirrogate] of the original actor. Coupled with realistic skin rendering using Separable Subsurface Scattering (SSSS) rendering techniques for instance, and with AI ‘libraries’ these Dirrogates can populate the real world, enter living-rooms and change or uplift the mood of person – for the better.
(The above video is for illustration purposes of 3D model data-sets and perf-capture)
With 3D printing of human body parts now possible and blue prints coming online with full mechanical assembly instructions, the other kind of sexbot is possible. It won’t be long before the 3D laser-scanned blueprint of a porn star sexbot will be available for licensing and home printing, at which point, the average person will willingly transition to transhuman status once the ‘buy now’ button has been clicked.
Programmable matter – Claytronics will take this technology to even more sophisticated levels.
SEXBOTS AND ETHICS:
If we look at Digital Surrogate Sexbot technology, which is a progression of interactive porn, we can see the technology to create such Dirrogate sexbots exists today, and better iterations will come about in the next couple of years. Augmented Reality hardware when married to wearable technology such as ‘Fundawear‘ and a photo-realistic Dirrogate driven by perf-captured libraries of porn stars under software (AI) control, can bring endless sessions of sexual pleasure to males and females.
Things get complicated as technology evolves, and to borrow a term from Kurzweil, exponentially. Recently the Kinect 2 was announced. This off the shelf hardware ‘game controller’ in the hands of capable hackers has shown what is possible. It can be used as a full body performance capture solution, a 3D laser scanner that can build a replica of a room in realtime and more…
Which means, during a Dirrogate sexbot session where a human wears an Augmented Reality visor such as Meta-glass, it would be possible to connect via the internet to your partner, wife or husband and have their live perf-capture session captured by a Kinect 2 controller and drive the photo-realistic Dirrogate of your favorite pornstar.
Would this be the makings of Transhumanist adultry? Some other ethical issues to ponder:
– Thou shalt not covet their neighbors wife – But there is no commandant about pirating her perf-capture file.
– Will humans, both male or female, prefer sexbots versus human partners for sexual fulfillment? – Will oxytocin release make humans “feel” for their sexbots?
– As AI algorithms get better…bordering on artificial sentience, will sexbots start asking for “Dirrogate Rights”?
These are only some of the points worth considering… and if these seem like plausible concerns, imagine what happens in the case of humanoid like physical Sex-bots, as Gray Scott mentions in his video above.
As we evolve into Transhumans, we will find ourselves asking that all important question “What is Real?”
Like all life on Earth, the human species had evolved to become who they are today via natural selection. Alongside it there was a byproduct as well: sexual selection. Not only was sex crucial in the survival of our species, but the act of sex had evolved over time to fit the conditions of the modern day. We are no longer at the brink of death, thus sex is no longer a tool for our survival, rather a mere pleasure of entertainment.It is then safe to assume that, as our species continues evolving – whether it be biologically or technologically – the act of sex will evolve in parallel. In fact, as we are witnessing the exponential growth of technologies, from virtual reality to physical reality, we are also witnessing the future of sex – a digital love industry! As more and more humans become cyborgs, as robots and A.I. become superintelligent, and as the virtual world continues breeding virtual people, a new market is arising with sex at the forefront.
The Digital Love Industry Synopsis
In Digital Love, VICE investigates how love and sex is faring in the digital age, starting with technology’s notorious bedmate, the adult entertainment industry. We make a pilgrimage to LA’s “Porn Valley” to witness firsthand how virtual reality is scarily close to creating fully interactive porn before heading to Europe’s sex capital, Amsterdam, where the Dutch enthusiastically enlist the use of “teledildonics” to enhance their long-distance relationships.
Along the way we pick apart the digital world’s grip on today’s relationships. Apps and the rise of social media have revolutionized dating, while virtual affairs end real-life romances and online role-playing games have gone X-rated. Finally, we take a look at a very modern taboo and ask: Can man’s relationship with machines ever translate into real-life intimacy?
The implications to the digital love industry are both vast and diverse. As a sexual species, it is only logical to witness the techno-evolutionary growth of both ourselves and sex itself. In the 21st century sex has become a tool of pleasure rather than survival, and soon it will be expressed in more ways than between mere humans. Eventually there’ll be sexual relationships between humans and cyborgs, humans and robots, humans and virtual people. How they’ll be expressed is still left to the imagination, but very soon we will find out. Are you ready?