A British artificial intelligence expert earns a doctorate for researching marriage – between humans and robots. The UPI report:
University of Maastricht in the Netherlands is awarding a doctorate to a researcher who wrote a paper on marriages between humans and robots.
David Levy, a British artificial intelligence researcher at the college, wrote in his thesis, “Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners,” that trends in robotics and shifting attitudes on marriage are likely to result in sophisticated robots that will eventually be seen as suitable marriage partners.
Read the rest at the link above. I can see advantages – it eliminates the “annoying in-law” problem altogether, for one – but the concept still strains the imagination.
Sooner or later, after enough human-robot marriages have ended in divorce, a couple of newly-single robots will meet by chance, at a hardware store, and all the bells and whistles will go off. Sooner or later, the robots will decide they don’t need humans around at all . . . (insert your favorite eerie/scary music here) . . .