Also, the video clips are seriously lacking, in that there is no clip of the documentary against human-robot dating from Futurama. The Space Pope says: I did like this particular study because it assumed everyone was starting from that position of ignorance about the tech and then tried to tease out their current impressions of such robots. And I think the results may say a lot about modern views on relationships in general. Also, your point about the lack of Space Pope video clips is well taken.
Rags I can understand why we men have more interest in a sex robot. Go to a sex shop. What do we have? What do woman have? Penises on treadmills, and a billion other things. Its not toy friendly as it needs to ahem, penetrate the situation, which ergonomic wise is a huge design problem. Unless you have a sexbot that solves it. Yeh, bout sums it up. Dionysus Zeus What if your AI were advanced enough to be offended? Since your Robot has feelings is it OK to indulge yourself then simply reboot it so it would never know.
I would hate to even consider the legal ramifications of having non-consenting sex with an AI! Could be some serious jail time! Rykimaruh this is where configuration and settings come into mind when planning to make these. Andrei Bilderburger That would make it more fun to punish! KMHamm Wonder what the opinions would have been regarding your partner remote controlling the robot. Would I, using VR and a robot, want to make love to my girlfriend?
Would she want that? Say I could call a service whatever to link a person into my sexbot? These toys already exist. Andrei Bilderburger Once the icky in person part goes away, and the women can always flip a switch and go back to their safe AI, random cyberspace hookups between people who have appropriately instrumented sexbots will become very popular and everyone will deny having them.
Phillip Shurtleff Could the difference, at least in part, between the ratings by men versus women be due to men thinking about themselves using the robot and only their own pleasure whereas women are thinking about other people mostly men, I assume using them resulting in negative attitude changes toward women?
I would think that women would be similarly interested in a robot looking like Johnny Depp as men would be in Charlize Theron if they are only thinking of themselves, but if they are thinking about how they would be compared to a celebrity robot, seems natural that they have a more negative attitude. Is there a way to structure the study to find out? ArmyATC My thought too. Once those become available, men will have the upper hand in the dating world for the first time in recorded history.
Chris 57 males and 43 females recruited for the study. This is where I must shake my head and sigh. That is a ridiculously small sample. Especially when considering the topic, where there are not many developed opinions in the first place. But it gets worse. So not only is the sample size too small to give any reasonable percentage of confidence to the results, but we are being asked to imagine that Mechanical Turk workers accurately represent the views of the larger population overall.
It is far too easy to stereotype the typical Mechanical Turk worker—and for good reason: I say this not to be negative, but in an emotionless way to defend very basic, tried-and-true practices that separate good science from the bad: Get a far larger sample, at the very least 10 times as large, but more appropriately a hundred times bigger.
Take your sample from much more randomized sources than stuck-at-home Mech Turk workers. At that point, you may have some information that is compelling so that qualified peers can scrutinize it themselves to see if it holds up.
Then, and only then, after all that, is it appropriate to publish findings to the public as if you know something. Pretty much my reaction. Beyond that, since this was done via Amazon Turk, I suspect the sample group was largely self-selected. And her romance novels are a kind of virtual-reality porn. For some odd reason, most people, men and females, refuse to admit that females consume the majority of porn and sex toys.
Few people are willing to admit that female-preferred porn and sex toys are what they are. The extreme religious types tend to demonise female sexually, and the feminists demonise male sexually. Who cares what other people do in their bedroom. They will typically answer whatever is PC at the moment. Maia Does this mean your comment here is your own version of PC? Billll To sell to women, give the robot the ability to take out the trash. The considerate male sex robot who thoughtfully does all the things no man ever realizes would be a good idea, and who cuddles the woman when she complains about something instead of fixing it, and who can converse AND do dishes at the same time, will sell like hotcakes and the woman with one will never go back to flesh and blood.
Kira Jahn You are clearly a bigtime loser, dude. While women want a bigger package — sex and a relationship. Who would want to have a relationship with a computer? It would probably reduce current birthrates is nothing else… Adrian Marshall Rest assured, if they ever make realistic sex robots, robots that behave, perform, look and FEEL like humans, they will fly off the shelves. Men and women equally will be saving up their pennies to buy them.
Disease numbers and reproduction numbers will likely plummet. But eventually folks will long for a real person. Where the real money will be is in the cloning of sex drones, Real people without minds of their own. Stepford wives and the ilk.
Andrei Bilderburger No, people will not long for the real thing. C B I agree that it is worth studying sexbots and the interaction with human psychology… but please not with less than a few thousands of people! That can then be adjusted to the individuals preferences and ideas of what form that would take, or not. The next question is; will a robot eventually cease to satisfy, and will the recipient then want to get the same services from a human, and will they then treat that human as if they were just a robot?
Ibrahim Hamid Personally, I feel that the remote control capability should always remain with the researchers or human creators of the robots ONLY. Because enabling the robots with such capability will make it easier for them to decide to become violent, oppressive, or suppressive against humans.
Mara Katz I get the sense that this article confirms our existing understanding of gender bias. You only have it half right. God gave women their private parts so men would talk to them. Once Engineers give men their private sex robot the talking is going to stop. Loll Ipop I want to join the poll and have a say, I would be all for a change and vote up on it.. Need more women for the poll, count me in! T Hal As a market research tool to determine what the public wants or would pay for, logging what people approve of is reasonable.
But otherwise, who cares what others approve of or disapprove of?