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"Synthetic Intelligence and the Transmutation of Humankind
--A Roadmap to the Singularity and Beyond"


-by Wes Penre, 2016

[http://wespenre.com]
 




 
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Chapter 11:
Robot Sex and Marrying Robots Now Promoted in the Media

 

Why a Sex Robot?

In the Wes Penre Papers—The Multiverse Series (WPP), I wrote that in the near future, people will take robots as lovers and spouses. I could see the writing on the wall, but I couldn’t image that what I wrote would come into fruition so soon. The day I was writing about this was a year to a year and a half ago and is now already happening. In this chapter, I will prove to you what is going on. It’s all over mainstream media, although it seems as if most people are still missing most of it.

An important part in this process is Google’s recently approved patent[1] where you can download a robot’s personality from a cloud. This way you can choose any personality you want for our robot friend, your robot lover, or your robot spouse. You will then be able to customize your robot so that it will respond the way that you want it to in more or less any given situation.

"The robot personality may also be modifiable within a base personality construct (i.e., a default-persona) to provide states or moods representing transitory conditions of happiness, fear, surprise, perplexion (e.g., the Woody Allen robot), thoughtfulness, derision (e.g., the Rodney Dangerfield robot), and so forth," states the patent.[2]

Also, if your robot would perish, you would still be able to save its personality and use it for the next robot, if we wish. I can imagine that when people get really used to these things, they would mourn the perished robot in a similar way we mourn a deceased friend or relative; this would hardly be a stretch.

This ability to download personalities for our robots is imperative for this and upcoming generations of AI robots. People who want robots as sex partners and spouses certainly need a customized personality for the robot.

Before we go deeper into this technological development, let us ask ourselves the question why people want robots as lovers and spouses. Can those really successfully substitute for a real human being?

If we asked this question ten years ago, the great majority would probably say no without hesitation. However, the world has changed rapidly in the last ten years. The smartphones have been literally dumped on the market, and nearly everyone in the developed world has one (now they are also dumped on the Third World, as we discussed earlier). Our biological bodies may still live in the Third Dimension (3-D), but our minds are becoming more and more stuck in virtual reality. Everything people think is of value happens on the smartphone. This is the “escape” people are taking from an otherwise harsh and stressful environment. The main reason why the Controllers want to stress people out, financially and in the work environment, is because they want us to escape into their electronic devices, which the same Controllers are happy to provide us with. They want us to focus on virtual reality environments, and once enough people get hooked (which has already happened), AI is incrementally introduced into these virtual reality devices (iPhone’s Siri is of course one of those).

The more people disappear into the virtual world of smartphones, computers, and other electronic devices, the more disconnected from each other they will become; regardless of how many Facebook friends they have. Connections between human beings can only be done in 3-D or on a multidimensional level. This is very important to point out because although people “connect” in virtual reality, their 3-D bodies have their needs, and so do the mind and the soul. This is the entire reason why the sex robot market will boom! Instead of going through the hassle of dating somebody and keeping up a relationship, which requires constant work and sensitivity to each other’s needs, people of today find it much easier to just download the exact personality he or she wants from a partner and thus doesn’t have to deal with the parts of a human personality he or she does not want in the partner. Also, when the partner is not needed, the owner can turn the robot off and put it in a corner somewhere and continue texting on the smartphone; the “partner” will not take offense. Then, when the robot is needed again, it can be turned on and be told to clean the kitchen or have sex with the owner.

Of course, no one wants to have sex with a metallic robot, but that’s not what this is about. What we are discussing here are robots that look exactly as human beings. We will be able to choose a sex robot that looks exactly as our perfect sex partner of choice. If we can’t find exactly what we are looking for, we can preorder a customized lover from the factory. Can you see how attractive this will be for smartphone users who live a busy and stressful life at work and don’t have the time or the energy to deal with a human partner? Can you see how this “partner” can save time for the owner, who doesn’t need to clean the house or the apartment, who doesn’t have to make the bed, and doesn’t have to vacuum or do any of the chores that take so much time out of the day? Our “convenience button” will be pushed all the way by the manufacturers.

It doesn’t matter how convenient this all sounds; it means the end of humanity as we know it. Electronic devices—and Wi-Fi in particular—make people sterile or much less fertile, which will decrease the birth rate considerably in the very near future (infertility is already a big issue—both in men and women). Moreover, fewer young people want children anyway; they have their careers to think of, which means a busy life, and then they have their escape—the smart devices. Where in all this does a normal family life fit in? There is hardly any room for it, and this is what people are beginning to realize. Putting children in daycare and letting a supervisor raise the kids is not a good idea; children need at least one of their parent at home—preferably the mother. By design, this is almost impossible today. After the Rockefeller Foundation efforts in the 1970s, the family unit has been destroyed; the project has succeeded, and it was all planned to happen this way; this was a plan that was meant to develop over time. The Singularity was already in progress in the 1960s-1970s.

Not only do the electronic devices destroy our physical bodies and our ability to think independently; they also have this other function of making us apathetic in our real relationships. All this had to be put in place by the Administrators before sex robots and sex spouses could become a demand. Unfortunately, this time has now come, and sex robots are selling out before they are even made. However, there are of course humans who are still dating, although this will change in the near future.

Experts Debate: Should we have Sex with Robots?

Roxxxy is the first true sex robot, according to an article in CNBC in November 2015.[3] Made by a company called True Companion, the company is now rushing to get this robot out on the market as soon as possible.


Fig. 11-1: Sex robot Roxxxy, the first of its kind.

The reader can probably predict how the “expert” panel discussion went. One of the experts suggested that intimacy with a robot should be encouraged.

"We talk about the biggest killers in our society being things like heart disease. I actually wonder if one of the greatest killers of our age is loneliness. Now, machines can be a conduit towards not being so alone, towards getting some sort of emotional response, even if it's from a machine," Nell Watson, a futurist at the Singularity University in Silicon Valley, told the audience at Web Summit.

[…]

"I think machines can be a way to repair the hurt and trauma [from broken relationships] in ourselves," Watson said.[4]

We can’t say that this came as a surprise; the Controllers want us to get away from family life and real intimacy, and the more humanlike the robot is, the more likely people are to buy them. The new goal of the Controllers is almost written on the wall, “One sex robot in every home!”

Another scientist said that robots could be a teacher for those who have problems communicating or being a part of society. What he and others fail to realize is that robots create disconnection from society, not integration. For a lonely person, the robot will become a best friend, and eventually, when society has come closer to the Singularity, these lonely people will turn to robots out there in society for comfort, rather than a human being. On the other hand, soon all psychotherapists will be AI anyway, so there will not be an issue; there will of course be “therapy robots,” “psychiatry robots,” and “counseling robots,” programmed and self-educated to a point where they can always give the “right” answers.

Kathleen Richardson is a senior researcher in the field of ethics of robotics at the U.K.'s De Montfort University, and she believes that therapy with a robot can be helpful, but…,

"If a robot was in a therapeutic context with somebody...then that might be helpful, but you've got to remember...people are saying you can have this as a substitute and in the future it might be a replacement, and that's when we get into very dangerous territory," Richardson said.[5]

Sex Robots that Look and Act more and more like Humans

Perhaps Roxxxy is the most human-looking sex robot at this time, but better products are on their way to hit the market.

The forerunner on this particular  market, as well as many other AI markets, is Japan, which does not come as a surprise. The Japanese people are used to living in a technocratic society, and most of them demand quick technological progress.

A Japanese company has now developed what they call a very sexy female robot called Actroid-F that looks very human.[6] In fact, at an exhibition, one of two people mistook her for a real human and thought she was very attractive. However, some people were also afraid of her because she looked so human. Although I don’t wish to propagate fear by any means, it still seems like the most logical reaction to something such as this. Hollywood, on the other hand, is sweating day and night to create movies that will prepare us for the cyborgian and androidic future.


Fig. 11-2: Female “acdroid” on display. People are divided into two camps
—either they think she is attractive or scary because she is so humanlike.

The following is an experiment that was done between Actroid-F and a human being. Scientists are currently testing the waters to see how well people can adapt to a near future where robots and humans will share the same sidewalks and malls.

In the first experiment Actroid F and a person were seated next to each other - both wearing the same outfit - and a participant had five seconds to identify which one of the two was a real human.

The next part involved two humans sitting side by side - and roughly half the participants said they could not confirm who the robot was, said Dr Silvera-Tawil.

The investigation is not over and he said the next step is to study if a human being can get used to interacting with android geminoids in the long-term by reducing the fear and anxiety they produce.[7]


Multimedia 11-1: Interview with Actroid-F.

Oddly enough, the article doesn’t tell us how many people confused the actroid with the human.

It’s understandable that the scientists are eager to let sex robots such as Actroid-F out on the market very quickly because they have pressure on them to keep the ball rolling. There is a time limit to everything that has to do with the integration with AI in society, and the goal is that by 2050, most of us will own a sex robot![8]

Roxxxy, which is planned to be widely available now in 2016, is a success already before it is released to the general public. There were, in December, 2015, 4,000 preorders of the robot, and as of 2015, they went for £635 each;[9] approximately $900 in 2016.

The sex robots, such as the ones below, are actually already produced today and may look quite human, but they are still like prototypes in comparison to what is going to come out on the market in just a few years.


Fig. 11-3: Sex robots.

Although there is meant to be a market for women, too, where you can buy male sex robots, the major market—at least in the beginning—will be for men. I read somewhere that first the market will be up to 90% directed towards men and 10% towards women, although they expect that to change in women’s favor. In other words, it’s just an alteration of what has always been around—prostitution. You buy a sex robot instead of a prostitute on the street; it’s just taken to a new extreme. The prostitute we are familiar with is at least human. It’s still an exploitation of women and a disrespect of their sexual integrity, and in bigger terms, the Divine Feminine. The Universe is feminine in nature, and the AIF are the ultimate Patriarchs, who see themselves as being above all that’s feminine. Thus, we have a male dominated society.


Fig. 11-4: Box fresh: a warm-to-the-touch RealDoll in the San Diego factory,
ready for shipment to a client. The dolls cost from $5,000.
Photograph: Jonathan Becker/Contour by Getty Images

The Controllers apparently have to move through some obstacles before they can row their boat to shore, in terms of sex robots. Not all nations embrace (sorry for the pun) sex robots as easily as Japan and the U.S. Malaysia recently created a ban against them.[10] In Sweden, attempts are made in the same direction.[11] One argument is that people who have what we call violent and otherwise perverted sex thoughts, according to societal norms, but never have dared to tell others about them now will play them out in full on their sex robot.[12] In the end, how does that affect the person’s relations to other people? Being able to amplify their dark sides on a daily basis, if so desired, is not the way to deal with it—it only makes these destructive sides stronger. The rationale is that for those people, sex robots can be an ignition to violent behavior against humans, too.

An article in The Guardian makes the same observation I have made (my emphasis),

A recent study by Stanford University says people may experience feelings of intimacy towards technology because “our brains aren’t necessarily hardwired for life in the 21st century”. Hence, perhaps, the speed at which relationships with robots are becoming a reality.[13] 

Here is what the CEO of the company, RealDoll, thinks about the sex robot industry, which he, more or less, is the leading force behind. He is revealing his own problems with relationships with other people, which most certainly has been a driving force for him to further develop the sex doll industry with his twisted logic:

Today the RealDoll team, infamous now for its lifelike sex dolls (of which they claim to have sold more than 5,000), is extending its range to develop an artificial intelligence system capable both of following commands and talking back to its user. A Realbotix head (reports the New York Times) which can be attached to the existing RealDoll body will cost around $10,000, and will be available in 2017. In a piece entitled “Is This the Dawn of the Sexbots?”, the company’s owner David Mills explained the appeal of these warm-to-the-touch dolls, telling Vanity Fair he loves women but “doesn’t really like to be around people”.

“Women have enjoyed sex toys for 50 years,” he said (after introducing his first model, which arrived at his home in what looks like a customised coffin, head not yet attached), “but men are still stigmatised. We have to correct that. I want to be the Rosa Parks of sex dolls. Men are not going to sit in the back of the bus anymore.”[14]

The prices of these dolls will eventually go down, but it is astonishing that many people, who can afford it, are willing to pay a huge amount to be able to have sex with a soulless robot rather than a real emotional human partner. This is, in my opinion, separation to the extreme.

What many of the hardcore AI followers (at least on lower-level to mid-level) seem to have in common is that they have no belief in a life after death; they are atheist. RealDolls’ David Mills is no exception. He wrote a book called Atheist Universe, which the renowned evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins,[15] thinks is an “admirable book.”[16]

David Levy is a British international master of chess, but also a part of the AI movement.[17] He made the statement that we now have more or less accepted homosexuality in the Western World, and if we could do that, it will be no problem to accept sex with robots. Unfortunately, the comparison works.


Fig. 11-5: Dr. David Levy, founder of “Love and Sex with Robots.”

David Levy is the founder of the research company, Love and Sex with Robots, which is developing sex robots, e.g. sex robots that can speak and have conversations with humans. I have always stated that everything in this field, and other fields of Minion interest, are compartmentalized. A certain person, such as a scientist, only knows what he’s supposed to do, but is not told anything about the bigger picture. Levy is perhaps a top example, and he admits to it in an interview a reporter from The Guardian:

Levy has very little time for jokes. Or, it turns out, for philosophy. “Are humans machines?” I ask him. He tells me he’s learned not to try to answer philosophical questions.[18]

Does this mean that he is told not to answer such questions, or has he learned by experience not to reply to such? If it’s the latter, he has decided to leave out philosophical question from his dangerous work, which is highly irresponsible at best. Or because he is more than likely taking orders from above, he might have concluded that he needs to suppress all nagging thoughts to secure his paycheck. This is, of course, even more irresponsible. In fact, it’s highly irresponsible, regardless from which angle we look at it.

Next, the reporter asks Levy a very good question. She wants to know what happens if a man wants to have sex with a child and buys a robot for that purpose; is there an ethical solution for that?

Levy avoids the question at first and tries to distract the reporter by telling an interesting story about robots, but he is more or less forced to come back to the original question.

He was reluctant to discuss this, pointing me to a keynote talk he did in Kathmandu called “When Robots do Wrong”. Which was fascinating, but didn’t answer my question. Eventually he responds, his email a sigh. “My own view is that robots will eventually be programmed with some psychoanalytical knowledge so they can attempt to treat paedophiles,” he said. “Of course that won’t work sometimes, but in those cases it would be better for the paedophiles to use robots as their sexual outlets than to use human children.”[19]

First, people misunderstand what pedophilia is; when it happens in families, or by a lone male, it has to do with control and dominance more than sex, and when it happens in Minion cults, it’s about Black Magick and to feed the “gods” with pure sex energy. It rarely has to do just with being attracted to kids. Pedophiles might use a robot to take off the edge from their aggression, but they will still rape in the same manner as before. It’s ridiculous to even suggest that a child sex robot would be able to educate the perpetrator about his wrong-doings.

The attitude of scientists such as Levy is disturbing when it comes to moral and ethics of the sex robot industry. Moreover, if you leave out philosophical questions from the equation, you get an emotionless killer robot in the end—I doubt it not! In terms of rapists and other sex offenders, robots will not change them in one way or the other, except that the sex offenders might get some new perverted ideas how to control their victims by first testing them on robots.

Virtual Reality Sex—A Taste of Posthuman Sex Life

Let us now move over to the ultimate porn—virtual reality sex. What would you think if a video game producer came up with a game that is entirely based on virtual sex—real virtual sex? Do you think it would be a hit?

It would, and it was a hit because it is already produced and was temporarily put on the market. However, this male sex toy was later withdrawn from the market after the manufacturer had been swamped by demand from buyers who wanted it.[20]

It worked by strapping the user on a VR (Virtual Reality) helmet, and he could then have VR sex with simulated, beautiful women. He was simultaneously sexually stimulated in the 3-D world by a device that responded to the person’s arousal.

The reason the producer, VirtuaDolls, stopped producing the game was because men were rushing in droves to order this game, and the manufacturer could not keep up the productions under such circumstances. Hence, they had to put the program on hold. Note that it was not because of moral issues the company decided to stop its production, but because the demand from customers to buy the product was too high. Of course, that makes me suspicious if this was foremost a “test” by the Military to see exactly how well such a game would be received. Now they know, and sure enough, the company promises their customers that they will be back as soon as they can meet the demand![21]

Part of this game is played as follows:

This means that the user doesn’t even have to bother with playing the game; he can just put the game in “sim mode,” and he can have cybersex as much as he wants with preferred damsel.


Multimedia 11-2: Virtual Vagina Game. The user can have real cybersex with
simulated women. (Double-click on image above to watch).

Now, how does this work for the user? What happens when he gets aroused? The article in Mirror further states,

In a promotional video backed by Beverly Hills Cop-style synth-pop music, the firm responsible for VirtuaDolls said it would "take adult gaming to the next level".

It is designed to have "several innovative features which create a mindblowing experience".

These include a "programmable pressure gripper", which can vary the tightness of its squeeze and a "stroke motion" with variable speed.

It uses sensors to detect the power of a man's thrusts, which can then be used to control the onscreen action.

The device can be used along with VR helmets including the Oculus Rift.[23]


Fig. 11-6: A different version of sex robot Roxxxy before she is animated.

Exactly what do you think will happen when a great number of men have access to virtual reality of this kind? Do you think it will enhance relations between real men and women? Very soon, men will totally forget how to approach a woman, and they will fall deeper and deeper into the virtual reality abyss. When relieved, the man will then go to another virtual reality device, such as a smartphone or the successor of such device, and continue his virtual reality experiences by “connecting” with his friends on the phone; not to talk to them, but to either text them or using other near-future-produced apps and tools. This is what sex is supposed to be in the post Singularity world—it’s all about virtual reality, which becomes the reality.

 

[1] United States Patent no. 9,292,668, Sep. 1, 2011, “Systems and methods for device authentication

[2] Wired.co.uk, Apr. 1, 2015, “GOOGLE PATENTS CUSTOMISABLE ROBOT PERSONALITIES,” op. cit.

[4] Ibid. op. cit.

[5] Ibid. op. cit.

[7] Ibid. op. cit.

[9] The Guardian, Dec. 13, 2015, “Sex, love and robots: is this the end of intimacy?

[10] Campaign Against Sex Robots, Oct. 1, 2015,Malaysian Authorities Cancel Sex and Love With Robots Conference

[11] Campaign Against Sex Robots, Sep. 2015, http://campaignagainstsexrobots.org/

[14] Ibid. op. cit.

[16] The Guardian, Dec. 13, 2015,Sex, love and robots: is this the end of intimacy?

[17] Ibid.

[18] Ibid. op. cit.

[19] Ibid. op. cit.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Ibid. op. cit.

[23] Ibid. op. cit.

 

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