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Julie Newmar, aka Robot AF 709, created for Bob Cummings as the perfect woman, was thought to be futuristic impossibility in the 1960’s.

Not anymore.

In the future, experts are predicting sex with robots for the next generation.

If you’re younger than 35, you’ll probably live long enough to put David Levy’s prediction to the test. Levy says that by 2050 we’ll be creating robots so lifelike, so imbued with human-seeming intelligence and emotions, as to be nearly indistinguishable from real people. And we’ll have sex with these robots. Some of us will even marry them. And it will all be good.

Levy lays out his vision of a Brave New Carnal World in Love and Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, which, despite its extended riffs on sex toys through the ages, is a snigger-free book. Levy’s no Al Goldstein. Rather he’s a 62-year-old British chess master turned artificial-intelligence expert persuaded that robot sex can brighten the lives of many, many unhappy people. “Great sex on tap for everyone, 24/7,” he writes on the final page of the book. What’s not to like?

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So who will avail themselves of 21st-century sexbots?

Sad cases, for one, people so physically unattractive or anti-social or isolated or emotionally crippled that they have trouble finding human romance. People who love their computers more than their fellows. Hey, they’re out there already.

“They’re lonely; they’re miserable,” Levy said. “I think society will be a much better place when they have an alternative that satisfies them without doing any harm to other people.”

Add in those who have a satisfying sexual relationship but are simply curious and somewhere between 20 percent and 50 percent of the population will experience man-machine mating at least occasionally, Levy predicts.

He respects the fact that plenty of people, out of moral or religious conviction, will contemplate this with horror.

“But by and large,” he said, “it will be very good for society, very beneficial, and I think that will be the majority view within a relatively short space of time.”

Sexbots may put prostitutes out of business, he notes.

The exponential consequences of creating this brave new bedroom partner is mind-boggling. Can you see the anti-Luddite unions being set up to protect the rights of sexbots?

Can you see the millions of women being displaced due to men not wanting to deal with emotional females?

What will happen to the blow-up doll industry?

Can you see China mass-producing their own sexbots to handle the billions of men without access to female companionship due to the country’s misogynistic feticide?

Oh for the good ol’ days.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

January 2, 2008 at 12:57 pm

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