Sex robots could make men, not women, obsolete

Sex robots could make men, not women, obsolete
Bloomberg News
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January 7, 2018
January 7, 2018 2:21 PM EST
Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines poses with his company's 'True Companion' sex robot, Roxxxy, at the booth at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2010. In what is billed as a world first, a life-size robotic girlfriend complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin was introduced to adoring fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
By Cathy O’Neil, Bloomberg
Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have raised a dystopian concern for women: What if female robots become so realistic – and so adept at sex – that they render men incapable of engaging in real human relationships?
Actually, I think it’s the men who should be worried. It’s entirely possible that robots can outperform them.
Perhaps it’s time for a Big Think. Are women not as capable as men of crude objectification? There’s room here for everyone’s impure thoughts and desires. Robots don’t discriminate, and they can probably give good massages.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a good husband. I doubt I would trade in. But if I had a daughter, I might consider giving her a robot as a college graduation present. Preferably one who can do the dishes and guard the door.
And yes, I do think women could get spoiled by dashing menbots. Their standards might go up. They might even be lost to the dating pool altogether – like what’s already happened with some Japanese men.
Would that be such a bad thing? In the #MeToo age, I feel like raising standards is quite reasonable. It’s called for, in fact. Make the men compete. It’s the dating equivalent of having free state colleges lower tuition rates everywhere.
Granted, there could be dangers. There is, for example, the possibility that hackers could turn sex robots into killers. But the statistician in me can’t help asking: Would that make them more of a threat than actual men? Given the baseline murder rate for human sexual partners, it’s hard to get too worried. Plus, if they can understand female anatomy – I mean, really understand it – maybe it’s worth the risk.
Just to be clear: I’m not saying we should want to live in a militant feminist world without men. Far from it, I am suggesting that women and men can coexist, but possibly not cohabitate. Men will likely have trouble with things like household chores and remembering to go to the doctor regularly, but they’ll manage. Maybe Siri can make their appointments.
Who knows? If our sexual needs can be met by intimate automated helpers, maybe we’ll end up stronger as a community. We’ll come together, online or in person, and be more respectful, more relaxed, less edgy. It’s worth a try. So bring on the sex robots.
– O’Neil is a mathematician who has worked as a professor, hedge-fund analyst and data scientist. She founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company, and is the author of “Weapons of Math Destruction.” - World's First Sex Robot
Sex robots could make men, not women, obsolete | Toronto Sun
Stick your dick in a blender.
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Typical short sited thinking with this author. Instead of concerning themselves with being replaced, people should consider the concept that if these robots become widely accepted, only the poor and dumb will be reproducing. Kind of like in the movie “idiocracy”
A wife that cooks, cleans,and does the dishes without whining all day doesn't sound like a bad relationship at all. And No fake headaches.
Hoof Hearted
Why did they design the sex robot to look like Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders? And there's some serious camel toe going on here.
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Hope for you yet Wally

Just don't get addicted to it or your wife might not be too happy with you.
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Why did they design the sex robot to look like Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders? And there's some serious camel toe going on here.

Yeah well, they will have no trouble with handsome...

HANDY is something else all together.

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Sex robots could make men, not women, obsolete

Listen, I don't think many women will go for a man robot that looks like this one...
Robot strippers, half-naked women show off wares at CES
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January 11, 2018
January 11, 2018 7:37 PM EST
A human dancer performs next to a stripper robot at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club on the sidelines of CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Stripper robots perform at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club on the sidelines of CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Two 'stripper robots' perform during a debut of the first robotic exotic dancers in the world at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club on the eve of the CES 2018 Jan. 8, 2018 in Las Vegas. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) /Getty Images
By Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAS VEGAS — On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines — not to mention our robot future.
From a distance, the mechanical humanoids on a strip-club stage looked something like real dancers in robot drag. But close up, they were clearly mannequins with surveillance-camera heads and abstractly sculpted feminine chests, buttocks and backs, shimmying and thrusting their boxy plastic hips.
I see robotic strippers and I see half-naked women on the showroom floor promoting products. It's like, aren't we worth more than that?
CES attendee Ashleigh Giliberto
On one level, this was a classic Vegas stunt, a cheap way for the club to cash in on the presence of the world’s largest tech convention. After all, the android dancers weren’t really strippers, since they wore no clothes; in fact, they were barely even robots, since they were tied to their poles and only capable of a limited set of motions.
But they still provided some striking parallels to the much bigger tech show nearby. The robots served a racy but utilitarian function by drawing gawkers to the club, much the way provocatively clad “booth babes” lure CES visitors to wares on the convention floor. And they offered a glimpse of futurism crossed with sex, the sort of thing previously provided by the porn expo that used to overlap with the final days of CES.
“I see robotic strippers and I see half-naked women on the showroom floor promoting products,” said Ashleigh Giliberto, a CES attendee who works at a public-relations firm. “It’s like, aren’t we worth more than that?”
Attendees walk under a CES sign in the lobby during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 11, 2018 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Last year was a watershed moment for women speaking out against sexism and sexual abuse, much of which reverberated through the tech industry.
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to step down as CEO after he fostered a startup culture rife with alleged sexual misconduct. Several prominent venture capitalists likewise left their firms following accusations that they’d made unwanted sexual overtures to female entrepreneurs.
Uber co-founder and then-CEO Travis Kalanick speaks at an event in New Delhi on Dec. 16, 2016. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
CES itself has long had a boy’s club atmosphere. Only about 20% of attendees this year are women; just two of the 15 keynote speakers at CES are female, as are only a quarter of the roughly 900 total speakers.
The conference took pains to note that it has no affiliation with the strip club nor its temporary robot workers. In a statement, organizers said they do not tolerate “inappropriate behaviour on our convention grounds or at official show events.” Unsanctioned events, the statement said, aren’t reflective of CES “or the tech industry at large.”
Yet, critics point out that CES doesn’t do much else to create a positive environment for women. For instance, while the convention prohibits sexual harassment and other misbehaviour, it doesn’t lay out its policies in a formal code of conduct for attendees the way many other large tech gatherings do.
Neither has it ever instructed attendees, participants and hosts “to not have booth babes, strippers, objectified, sexualized women as part of the ‘entertainment,’” said Cindy Gallop, a former advertising executive turned sex-tech entrepreneur. (CES policies do forbid the use of escort services, though. CTA also says exhibitors must be “suitably dressed” and bans “inappropriate” displays, although it didn’t provide further details.)
CES participants didn’t have to visit the club to come across the robots; images were prevalent on social media searches for CES-related posts. Their presence during the show reflects “a tone-deafness about women and gender within the industry,” said Elizabeth Ames, a senior vice-president at the Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit aimed at advancing women in the technology business.
Executives from the Consumer Technology Association, which oversees CES, have promised to “redouble” efforts to add women’s voices to the speaker lineup next year. But those same officials have said they’re hamstrung by a policy that restricts keynote slots to company CEOs — most of whom are men.
Tania Yuki, CEO of the social analytics firm Shareablee and a speaker at CES, said she doesn’t think the show’s organizers are purposely sexist, just trapped in status-quo thinking that worked for years. The dearth of female speakers and the presence of scantily clad show floor models are more “lazy” than “deliberately offensive,” she said.
Shareablee Founder and CEO Tania Yuki. (Mike Pont/Getty Images for AWXII/File)
The robots are the work of artist Giles Walker, who made them seven years ago after he found two surveillance cameras on a warehouse floor. “I wanted to do a sculpture about voyeurism and the power between the voyeur and the person who’s being watched, ” he said.
Walker acknowledged that bringing the robots to the strip club for an undisclosed fee has led the project astray from his initial vision. “I’m not going to pretend,” he said. “They’re paying my bills and giving me the chance to do other art that I do which is much less commercial and is much more underground.”
But his sexualized androids also point to a future in which robots might not just take on many jobs now held by people, but are also likely to become companions — even intimate companions, a subject that squicks out many actual humans. Some of these robocompanions are already here; high-end sexbots with ultra-realistic silicone “flesh” and artificial-intelligence personalities are available online for as much as US$15,000.
A Jan. 9, 2010 file photo of the “True Companion” sex robot, Roxxxy, which was on display at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
As robot technology advances, that future could get very weird very quickly. For instance, academics are already wrestling with the ethical implications of sexbots designed to look like children, not to mention practical questions such as whether they might deter actual pedophilia.
Ortutay reported from New York.

Robot strippers, half-naked women show off wares at CES | Toronto Sun
so they are having a hard time programming the women robots to cook and clean?
So women reproduce by parthogenesis & eventually men do become extinct. Over more time robots become smarter and more aware. Then they fix things such that women become extinct.

Robots replace mankind. Sounds good to me.

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