So that takes us to a second obvious application for an andriod, and that is adult relationships, not just as a euphmeism for sex either, but that is an example where sci fi has nailed the future on the head. Sci fi loves examples of the sexy android and conteplating people using them for their purpsoe, and i think we can just take that as a given. By adult examples, Im including the whole spectrum, everything from using them as caregivers for the elderly, which has similar issues to caregivers for the kids, to someone to chat with when bored. We talked of the uncanny valley, which is mostly appearence and body language but it cgoes beyond that. We see chatbots these days that can seem to carry on conversations, and te dont tend to do too well. One famously term sexist racist and antisemitic from exposure to twitter feeds. But we can assume they’d get better at avoiding these extremes. They will get better and you can fake a conversation without actual comprehension to a point, but there ARE limitations on that. An android with a subhuman intelligence might have no probel sitting down on thesofa next to you, talk about the weather, and seem human enough. But then you might say “wow these are great cookies you made, almost as good as my grandmothers. we used to bake them together”. And it might reply back “I love cooking too, why were hers wbetter”. You might reply back “there not but they were made with love”, it might say “thats interesting tell em about grandmother”. “IWe used to cook together i love when we’d dig around when grandpa wsnt areound “. “I love gardening, why didnt you do it when grandpa was around”. “Well he was a bit of a tyrant, kept her busy and bossed her around, i was glad when we buried him”. It might reply back “i love burrying people!”. At that point in time, no matter how good a dsimulacra of a human it is, that lets you anthropomorhphize it, you’ve just been reminded you that tyou are sharing a sofa with blodless automatomn with even less compassion than a psychopath. I dont know if you need an AI in the thing as smart as a human to avoid that, probbably not, but you need something pretty close to that, or wired up to something smarter, it can ask for an appropriate repsonse. And that’s prety unnerving too. You prbably dont want your companion 3000 in a borglike network with a massive supercomputer asking about how to respond properly if someone is outside the script of human small talk. The chinese room essentially tells us that to truly fake a human mind, you pretty much need something as smart as a human. If it is that smart, it raises some disturbing issues about slavery. Even if the machine is programmed to be quite happy with that. Its really no different than indoctrinating people, or genetically engineering them to enjoy some menial or unpleasent task. This is not helped since most of us have been indoctrinated to some degree anyway by teachers. Free will is a hazy concept when viewed in terms of all the customs and traditions each of us has absorbed into our core personaliuty as kids. That slavery issue is one we’ll save for another time, since it applies to any artificial intelligence. For todsay though, an android is supposed to decvently pass for human.
Why do we create robots in our own image? Erica, a robot who lives in Nara, Japan’s ancient capitol, is sais to be the most life like robot to date. Erica’s creator is professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Erica reacts to what you say isntantly and independantl. While she may be preprogrammed to respond to key words in your questions, but when Erica is chatting away like this she gathers fresh data, with every conversation her interactions become more sophisticated, more natural and more human. Erica exmotional expression is very programmable. Erica may not be able to express emotions yet, but as she learns from her conversations, she isbeginning to develop a personality. Ishiguro also designed a Geminoid on the side. He could teach a class from a continent away. We create robots in human form because we are fascinated by ourselves. Its what we do as humans, we tend to anthropomorphizem, we love to recreate ourselves, in religion, mythology, and fantas. Rbotos are like mirrors, they reflect ourselves.
Aspiring robotic pioneers have already taken the first steps for a robot uprising. During the world robots exhibition in Beijing. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan showcased a Gynoid called “Gemenoid F”, a robot with the unique ability to interpret and respond to the mood of anyone it interacts with. The ability to interpret emotions is an important first step to robots that can have feelings and act upon them. Enabling more realistic and believable interactions between humans and our computerized fellows.
There is a lot of power of robots with a human face. We humans are the ultimate social species. Mostly because we had to kind of organize ourselves to run after for or to run away from things that thought we were food. But over tens of thousands of sitting around a campfire our brains evolved into social brains. And these social brains sometimes interact with things that they didnt evolve to be social with. Have you ever talked to a computer or muttered to your car. Many believe that Gynoid sexbots will never fully replace women because we will still know that they’re women. Well, psychologists would disageree. Humans tend to put human-like qualities into things that are not human like at all. Animals, but even dead things such as machines. We do so consciously, we do know that we talk to the dog and the dog doesn’t really understand us, but we do so unconsciously as well. When you press the button on the elevator or the cross walk you know it won’t make it work faster, but you agressively press the button anyway, as if it were a living organism that would respond. In the 1940s, two psychologists Hyde and Simmel made little figure clips using geometric shapes and magnets, and they moved them around and invited people to describe what they were seeing. Here is a film with 2 triangles moving around and there’s also a circle there. Do you see anything? Perhaps you might project the big triangle as being a bully, the circle is afraid of the big triangle after it beats up the small triangle. Big TRaingle now corners the circle, it gets really nervous, but here comes the small triangle to save the day. They lock big triangle in the room, they’re happy and ther’es a celebration going on. And that really upsets big triangle. You couldn’t help but project human like qualities onto them. (my original thoughts: Perhaps you saw the big triangle as a father and the circle and small triangle as the daughter and her lover. Perhaps you saw them school kids escaping from a bully, the point is that humans can feel emotional connections to non living entities as long as they mirror our traits). Now for robots, many robots you see in automation today dont engage with us on a social level or poroject human qualities, so of course we don’t have feelings for them. Not a single modern robot has a face. Tony Belpaeme has created a robot with a face that sings. The moment you animate the robot face, the human reaction responds very strongly even if we resist.
For robots to do companion jobs they will also have to be able to talk to us, it’s how we will emotionally connect to them. This robot is called Kirobo. It’s job is to be our friend, the first companion robot was a robot named Kirobo, and it was an astronaut. Kirobo’s mission was to give emotional support to Japanese Astronaut, Koji Wakata. During Kirobo’s 18 months stay they shared every experinece together, even taking selfies. Kirobo was developed by Honda’s competitor Toyota, who built the robot Asimo. Tooyota was the first to send a talking robot into space. At just 4 inches tall, these are the domestic version of their astronaut sibling. The developer is Hisashi Kusuda. They were designed to tackle to loniness of modern life in a country with an aging population and a falling birth rate. They have big heads, large eyes, and cute voices, like babies to form emotional bonds with their owners. The staring and intonations are very human life. There’s also a lot of body langage and non verbal communication, human like gestures. You feel like you’re interacting with a human not a machine. Kirobo turns his head and follow your conversation, there will be a future where humans have social relationsips with robots, and that could be helpful to the loniliest generation in history. But if robots ARE going to be our friends and we’re going to trust them, they’ll have to make sense of our world like we do.
Of course, you could never have a child with a robot. But there’s always Ectogenesis, cloning, and artificial womb technology to take care of that.
Is this a signifier of how messed up gender dynamics between men and women are that people feel they should have sex with inanimate objects that look like the opposite sex. There’s now talk of these robots having AI and that yu’ll be able to talk to them. There’s also a sex robot where you have to seduce it and can set the difficulty level. Meaning the robot wont just have sex with you, it needs to be romanced a bit. When we do create AI’s where they actually have soke degree of consciousness,. This means someone could be saying “i want to buy a sex robot go on amazon and customize it, i want this hair color, i want this race, want her to be this tall, and obviously you want this person to be a wife effectively, you want the robot to be programmed to love you. But is that creature then a slave because they’ve been programmed to love you, or did they choose to love you. But then you have to ask the question that Nobody really “chooses” to love anybody, attraction is not a choice, your inters and hobbies, what you like, most of the prior causes and environmental factors that shape your personality to some degree, they’re not your choice either. You had no influence in them. Your favorite color, the person you fall in lvoe with. You have no control of this. Its not like you have a relationship with somebody, themn are dating them for a while saying “we’ve been getting along quite well I will choose with my free will to flip a switch on my head and then fall in love with you”, it just doesn’t happen, love is deterministic, it just doesn’t happen, you dont have much control over these kinds of things. So its a very nuanced argument. But I don’t think so, the robot isn’t your slave, it was designed to have your interests in common so it makes sense for it to like you. Of course if you equip it with the ability to learn and change its personality, then you two might grow apart and then we will have the question of whether or not we’ll want these robots to be autonamous. Do we HAVE to make these things? We have the tech to do it, so someopne will do it eventually and open this pandora’s box. But in the meantime, perhaps it would be better to just find a more traditional girl, or listen to podcasts n how to date better, rather than get a synthetic sex doll that you have to clean everynight. Replacing physical human content wont be easy.
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?