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I take thee, Robot . . .

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) . . .


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Sooner or later, after ... (Below threshold)

Sooner or later, after enough human-robot marriages have ended in divorce

Who the hell would need a divorce, or the money grubbing lawyers that go with them?

If "she" acts up just pull the plug on the old shrew and toss "her" in the dumpster out back.

P.S. Anyone know where I can get some of this research cash they seem to be throwing around like candy on Holloween?

"On the Internet, nobody kn... (Below threshold)

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a droid."

Will male AIs trolling for a little boro-silicate lovin' take to representing themselves as several Moore-generations younger than they really are? Will female AIs whose rust spots are steadily advancing over their entire torsos claim to be runners-up for Miss Digital Dreamboat 2107?

I can hardly wait. The supercilious twits will finally learn what suffering is really like. Revenge for all those run-time exceptions at last!

Westworld (1973)<a h... (Below threshold)

Westworld (1973)
A thousand dollar one night stand.

(I had a better one -Field of Dreams-1989- but decided not to use it.)

So, Blade Runner has a chan... (Below threshold)

So, Blade Runner has a chance to become a reality? I never thought so much time and money would be wasted on artificial intelligence (as opposed to actual.) I can understand the curiosity of exploring new dimensions in relationships, but experimenting should be done with improving the human ones.

I have spoken with robots y... (Below threshold)

I have spoken with robots you leftists wouldn't believe.

They all agree I post prema... (Below threshold)

They all agree I post prematurely.

Edited version.

I have loved robots you people wouldn't believe.

The last invention mankind ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

The last invention mankind will ever need to come up with on his own is an intelligence greater than his own.

Advanced A.I. will then come up with all the cleverness at an exceedingly rapid pace.
It seems to be inevitable.

Read about a "technological singularity":


I think most here will find it pretty fascinating.

I, for one, welcome our new Fembot overlords!

Gay 'marriage' will neve... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Gay 'marriage' will never lead to polygamy, incest or any other weird 'marriages'. Never.
Never, I say.

SOTG, it is good to have th... (Below threshold)

SOTG, it is good to have the right attitude, but remember, intelligence is like climate regulation. It is a chaotic system. Imagining creating an intelligence greater than human would be like believing you could control climate. Possible, perhaps. Likely? Ever so not.

Kim,I respectfully... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:


I respectfully disagree.

First, we'd have to define "intelligence", of course.

If it turns out it's a combination of speed, recall, storage, and programming, then we are on the cusp of such a thing NOW (relative to the scale of human development).

There are a variety of different fields currently exploring advanced A.I. concepts... Combine this with some of the advances currently being made in brain-mapping and nano-tech, and I think we may see something quite wondrous within our lifetimes.

Not chaotic? Hmmm. That's... (Below threshold)

Not chaotic? Hmmm. That's a thought.

What I saw wondrous recentl... (Below threshold)

What I saw wondrous recently was biased researchers using brain imaging in an obviously flawed study to savage conservatives and their thought processes.

Kim, I saw that to... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:


I saw that too. We are an evil bunch. >:)

It is a path to extinction.... (Below threshold)
civildisobedience Author Profile Page:

It is a path to extinction. Humankind waste so much of their resources in pursuit of ever increasing sexual options and experiences it will lead to the death of cultures and races.

Perhaps this man-machine relationship option should be put on hold until they can grow and birth babies without women. At least then their depraved pursuits won't result in the death of their genetic code.

"I, Robot, take you..."... (Below threshold)

"I, Robot, take you..."

Asimov would be so proud.






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