Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sexbots for Women

I was recently interviewed, along with Kristi Scott, the author of "Andy Droid: Your Sex Doll has Arrived" for H+ Magazine, by Hank Pellissier for IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies). The article, titled "Sexbots for Women," explores the often ambiguous answers to the question, "what do females want in a cyborg lover?"

Click HERE to read full article - Sexbots for Women

Mr. Pellissier is also the author of Inventing Utopia: Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era, which is said to be "a startling, controversial collection of essays in which he promotes his hedonist-transhumanist-egalitarian vision of the future. The articles - backed with substantial data and optimistic imagination - examine numerous bio-ethical and politically flammable topics: sexbots, in-vitro meat, Israel, parent licenses, women-only leadership, public nudity, artificial wombs and cryonics."

The subject of romantic interaction between humans and synthetic life forms is of major interest to me in part because I've spent several years working on a screenplay titled M.U.S.E., which is about a woman who has a serious relationship with a non-biological human. The film explores the ups and downs and possibilities of such a connection. Although I am more interested in the companionship that could be offered by androids or cyborgs, there is definitely potential for highly erotic elements which in my opinion could be achieved even by a computer--one that knows you well enough. I believe that love and sex reach their highest peaks when there is a feeling of being intimately known, on the deepest levels, and acknowledged and fully accepted for who you really are at that moment. I hypothesize that even an artificial intelligence could achieve that, in the future.

As a result I have logged in many, many hours of research and collected many books on the subject. I'll share a few titles that are my favorites for those with similar interests:

The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines The Age of Spiritual Machines Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships
Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life Cybersexualities Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other