October 13th, 2007

Human-Robot Relationships

Sex and Marriage with Robots by 2050


Humans could marry robots within the century. And consummate those vows. 

"My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots," says artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands


The possibility of sex with robots could prove a mixed bag for humanity. For instance, robot sex could provide an outlet for criminal sexual urges. "If you have pedophiles and you let them use a robotic child, will that reduce the incidence of them abusing real children, or will it increase it?" Arkin asked. "I don't think anyone has the answers for that yet—that's where future research needs to be done."


Keeping a robot for sex could reduce human prostitution and the problems that come with it. However, "in a marriage or other relationship, one partner could be jealous or consider it infidelity if the other used a robot," Levy said. "But who knows, maybe some other relationships could welcome a robot. 

Instead of a woman saying, 'Darling, not tonight, I have a headache,' you could get 'Darling, I have a headache, why not use your robot?'"

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)



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Pluto and its Moons

New Portrait Made of Pluto and its Moons

New images of Pluto and its moons are among the sharpest ever made.

The new images are 20 times brighter than those taken of Pluto 30 years ago when its large moon Charon was discovered. The resulting snapshots are expected to bring astronomers closer to estimating the sizes of Pluto's satellites, Nix, Hydra and Charon. 


The more definitive measurements are important for scientists planning the 2015 flyby of Pluto with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. 

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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