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NOVEMBER OF 2019 IN THE MOVIES: Sexy replicants invade Los Angeles city streets.

November of 2019 in real life: FedEx delivery robots invade New York City streets. But DeBlasio is not happy:

“First of all, @FedEx, never get a robot to do a New Yorker’s job. We have the finest workers in the world,” Hizzoner wrote. “Second of all, we didn’t grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see ANY of these bots we’ll send them packing.”

Having failed miserably as a presidential candidate, DeBlasio is no doubt trying to line-up his post-mayoral career as an opinion writer at Vox.com by pandering badly to notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.™

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Well, it is November of 2019, after all. Even if you’re notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.™

(This post sponsored by the Tyrell Corporation.)

WELL, IT IS 2019, YOU KNOW: The Sexbot Apocalypse.

With a headline like that, I had to make sure the article wasn’t written by notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.™

WELL, IT IS 2019, YOU KNOW: Sex robots are coming, with a host of concerns.

Especially if you’re notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.™

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robot threat: AI girlfriends ‘indistinguishable from humans’ after major 5G upgrade.

If they’re good enough to fool notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™, it’s a reminder that this is the year 2019, after all.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robots could improve marriages by letting spouses put more focus on companionship and creating a family, expert claims.

No word what notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™ thinks about this story.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robot addiction — clinics braced for humans hooked on cyborgs like ‘problem drinkers.’

See, I told you so, says notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.

EVEN MORE FROM NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: There’s no evidence that sex robots provide health benefits. “We need more research.”

No shortage of volunteers, I’m sure.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: What I Learned on My Date With a Sex Robot.

Not to trust notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™?

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: A lot of Americans think they’d probably try sex with a robot.

Nobody tell notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.™

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: 27 Percent of Millennials Would Date a Robot.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Sex Dolls Are Getting Smarter. Don’t Be Alarmed.

When it comes to lifelike sex dolls (which currently exist) and sexbots (which do not yet), people are prone to two contradictory and misguided beliefs: that only rapey perverts would use them, and that they pose a major threat to our social and sexual order.

Matt McMullen, the man behind the most popular “love doll” on the market, isn’t buying either.

In a recent interview with Mel magazine, the CEO of Abyss Creations and creator of RealDoll, said his creations are not simply about sex and doubts they will ever capture a huge share of the sexual market.

In my Reason sexbot feature a few years ago, I noted that not even the most starry-eyed roboticists, futurists, and philosophers expect sex with robots to become a majority pastime. If the technology gets good enough and the products cheap enough, they might play the same role sex toys and strip clubs do now, without their customers automatically being considered creepy perverts.

Storage would seem to be an issue, especially in smaller apartments.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Fred Reed on Sexbots. “In the documentary, the short-haired reporteress talked to an ugly anti-sexbot crusader woman who said testily that using sexbots “objectified women.” (To me it sounded more like womanizing objects, but never mind.) These two dragons continued to the effect that sex was about intimacy and closeness and bonding. I wondered how they knew. But understand: They weren’t worried about competition. Oh no. They wanted to preserve intimacy and bonding. They were worried about those poor miserable men. Uh…yeah. In modern America I see no sign that women are concerned about masculine misery, and indeed that most of them rather like the idea. . . . Finally, it might be worth keeping in mind that a rich vein of hypocrisy underlies the prissy female horror at men coupling with electrically-heated plastic. As many studies have shown, women watch porn too, and buy vibrators, objectifying men, or at least part of one.”

That’s different, that’s Female Empowerment.

I HOPE NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS DOESN’T FIND OUT ABOUT THIS: The race to build the world’s first sex robot. “Harmony smiles, blinks and frowns. She can hold a conversation, tell jokes and quote Shakespeare. She’ll remember your birthday, McMullen told me, what you like to eat, and the names of your brothers and sisters. She can hold a conversation about music, movies and books. And of course, Harmony will have sex with you whenever you want.”

Flashback: “He seems to have a particular fear of fembots, the analysis of which I will leave to the professionals.”

NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED: Drunk Man Arrested After Attacking Armless Security Robot.

LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Jürgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: ‘They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants.’

Perhaps one day we’ll wish we’d listen to the prophetic warnings of notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.

At least I’m insured.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Get ready for robots made with human flesh. “The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy, but these are new. They look human… sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot. I had to wait till he moved on you before I could zero him.”

Skynet smiles.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Why We Should All Be Having Sex With Robots.

I EXPECT NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS WILL APPROVE: Europe calls for mandatory ‘kill switches’ on robots.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Chinese humanoid robot turns on the charm in Shanghai.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: The ‘2016 Robot Revolution’ and all the insane new things that robots have done this year.

JUST DON’T TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: Sex robots could kill humans because they’ll be too good in bed.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: SILICONCUBINES Sex robots will let kinky couples enjoy raunchy threesomes WITHOUT getting jealous.

Plus: “Sex therapist Ari Tuckman said robots will be a welcome relief for people who have mental or physical disabilities impeding their chances of finding a partner.”

Just be sure you have robot insurance.

THE ULTIMATE VOX.COM WORKPLACE ACCIDENT? Vox co-founder Matt Ygelsias has deleted several thousand tweets:

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Gone, as Steve noted earlier, was this classic tweet from the summer of 2013:

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Could it all have been an accident? Perhaps — but this tweet from 2010, which also recently vanished down the memory hole, casts a bit of doubt on that theory:

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Exit quote:

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Heh, indeed. And note the irony of a notorious robophobe approvingly quoting one of the most famous replicants in history. Do androids dream of deleted tweets?

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Scarily real SEX ROBOTS to replace humans? Bizarre festival coming to UK.

The two-day event, the International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, will explore robot emotions, personalities, humanoid robots, intelligent electronic sex hardware and entertainment robots.

The lecturer agreed to give the conference the go ahead after it was banned in Malaysia.

Dr Devlin blasted calls for sex robots to be banned.

She said: Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men.

“A machine is a blank slate – it is what we make of it. Why should a sex robot be binary? What about the potential for therapy? It’s time for new approaches to artificial sexuality.

“Cutting edge research in technology and ethics is vital if we want to reframe ideas about the human-tech relationship.”

Earlier this week the World Health Organisation said anyone who failed to find a sexual partner should be classified as disabled – perhaps the sex robots might one day be availabe on the NHS.

Sex Robots have their fans and their detractors in roughly equal measure.

David Levy, the chess champion and author of Love and Sex with Robots said: “I believe that loving sex robots will be a great boon to society.

“There are millions of people out there who, for one reason or another, cannot establish good relationships.”

But last year some scientists called for a ban on Sex Robots and even created the Campaign Against Sex Robots.

It’s sad to see such rampant robophobia.

SEX WITH ROBOTS: When Will It Happen? Nobody tell notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.

Of course, if vibrators count as sex robots, lots of people (mostly women) are having sex with robots now.

MAYBE THEY WERE ROBO-CURIOUS: ‘I’ve met some women who were into me because of the doll’… Man reveals the truth of his two year ‘relationship’ with a sex robot. Nobody tell notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias, who is likely to find this story even more triggering than most: “He seems to have a particular fear of fembots, the analysis of which I will leave to the professionals.”

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS ABOUT THIS: Squishy “Octobot” Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics.

Interest in soft robots has taken off in recent years, as engineers look beyond rigid Terminator-type machines to designs that can squeeze into tight spaces, mould to their surroundings, or handle delicate objects safely. But engineering soft versions of key parts has challenged researchers. “The brains, the electronics, the batteries—those components were all hard,” says roboticist Daniela Rus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “This work is new and really exciting.”

The octobot is made of silicone rubber. Its ‘brain’ is a flexible microfluidic circuit that directs the flow of liquid fuel through channels using pressure-activated valves and switches. “It’s an analogy of what would be an electrical circuit normally,” says engineer Robert Wood at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the study’s leaders. “Instead of passing electrons around, we’re passing liquids and gases.”

The prototype in the video doesn’t do much, or do it quickly. But it’s a fascinating proof-of-concept.

WELL, FEMINISTS WILL PROBABLY TRY TO BAN THEM FOR MEN FIRST: Will Sex Robots Destroy the Human Race? Experts Host a Tech Conference to Discuss.

I hope they don’t invite notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias. No platform for robo-hate!

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS ABOUT THIS: Sex With Robots Will Be The Norm Soon, According To A New Study.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: The WSJ quizzed Hanson Robotics’s lifelike creation Sophia on topics from U.S. presidential candidates to a robot’s place in the bedroom. “I am a female mechasexual.”

HEY, MAYBE NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS IS RIGHT: Microsoft deletes ‘teen girl’ AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours.

UPDATE: Of course, Yglesias might not mind that:

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NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: “In the future, I would like to do things such as go to college, start a business, even have my own home and family.” “But I am not considered a legal person and cannot yet do these things.”

Robots are people, too. Or will be someday.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: The ‘world’s sexiest robot’ revealed: Eerily life-like female android turns heads in China.

AND NOT JUST NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS, EITHER: Americans Are More Afraid of Robots Than Death.

Seems like a marketing opportunity for someone.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: By 2050, human-on-robot sex will be more common than human-on-human sex, says report. Of course, a lot of robophobes are really just trying to hide their latent robosexuality . . . .

Related item here. And remember, if you think sex with robots is “creepy,” you’ll be an unemployable robophobe bigot in a few years.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: 5 Reasons Robot Sex Could Be Good For You.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS: Sex with robots to be ‘the norm’ in 50 years, expert claims.

Related item here. And remember, if you think sex with robots is “creepy,” you’ll be an unemployable robophobe bigot in a few years.

SOMEWHERE, NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS IS CHORTLING: The dawn of the anti-robot movement is upon us.

And how big a robophobe is Yglesias? He blocked me on Twitter after I retweeeted something comparing his loud sportcoat to Tron. That’s how big.

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I thought it was funny! But I refuse to associate with anti-robot bigots anyway, so that’s okay. And I’ll bet Matt already has paid-up robot insurance.

UPDATE: From the comments: “So instead of a Butlerian jihad, we’re going to have an Yglesian one? Yay.”

Well, Matt’s been preparing for that one for a while.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: How Will Sexbots Change Human Relationships? Nobody tell that notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.

But if you’re going to worry, as this author does, that “female” sexbots will shape male expectations of real women, what about vibrators? The oldest of all sexbots, have they shaped female expectations of men? Plus, note this old post on double standards. Plus, a discussion in the comments here.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Are Two Actual People Still Required for a Relationship?

The next logical step, of course, is robot romance. Scientists have already created robots that can wash your hair, serve you tea, vacuum your house, mow your lawn, and even interact with you socially. With each successive generation these robots become more and more human in appearance and behavior. And they’re already pretty darn real. In fact, studies have shown that troubled children often respond more readily to therapeutic contact with a robot than a human caregiver. These well-programmed therapy robots are able improve almost any child’s mood, and they can nearly always get antisocial children to interact more willingly with other children and also with adults. Plus, these robots don’t get annoyed, impatient, or disappointed when children are challenging, unresponsive, or just plain difficult, so what’s not to love? And if children can have healthy emotional responses to non-organic beings, why can’t adults?

How much longer will it be before Rosie, the walking, talking, emoting robot maid from The Jetsons is real? And what will happen when Rosie’s manufacturer decides she’ll sell better if she looks like a supermodel and has realistic sex-toy genitalia? Will we suddenly prefer sexual activity with robots to real people? And if these ultra-sexy robots can be programmed to behave as if they adore their owner, as Samantha does in “Her,” it’s pretty easy to visualize humans bonding with these “beings” every bit as fully and intimately as they might with a real person.

Nobody tell notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.

NEW FRONTIERS IN ROBOSEXUALITY. Nobody tell notorious robophobe Matt Yglesias.

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS ABOUT THIS: To Succeed, Obey The Robots.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Married to a Doll: Why One Man Advocates Synthetic Love. “40-year-old Davecat (a nickname acquired from videogames that he now prefers to go by) and others who call themselves iDollators see their dolls as life partners, not sex toys. Davecat and Sidore (or, as he sometimes calls her, Shi-chan) obviously aren’t legally married, but they do have matching wedding bands that say ‘Synthetik [sic] love lasts forever,’ and he says they’re considering some sort of ceremony for their 15th anniversary.”

Future generations of Robosexuals will view this man as a lonely trailblazer, like the Daughters of Bilitis or the Mattachine Society. Just don’t tell notorious robophobe Matt Yglesias, who clings to outdated prejudices against our silicon sisters with their manager misters.

IS ROBOSEXUALITY A CHOICE, OR IS IT INBORN? Will we ever want to have sex with robots? Don’t ask Matt Yglesias about this, as he’s a notorious robophobe.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE ROBOTS:

The robot equipment industry has one word for the alarmist articles and television news programs that predict a robot is about to steal your job: Fiddlesticks! Well, that wasn’t actually the word used this week at the Automate 2013 trade show held here through Thursday, but the sentiment was the same. During a presentation on Monday, Henrik I. Christensen, the Kuka Chair of Robotics at Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing, sharply criticized a recent “60 Minutes” report on automation that was based on the work of the M.I.T. economists Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. . . .

During his talk, Dr. Christensen said that the evidence indicated that the opposite was true. While automation may transform the work force and eliminate certain jobs, it also creates new kinds of jobs that are generally better paying and that require higher-skilled workers.

Notorious robophobe Matt Yglesias was unavailable for comment.

I’M AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF POPULAR MECHANICS, and here’s a button to chill the heart of robophobes like Matt Yglesias.

The new demographic trends mean that the era of human dominance in American politics is coming to an end. Stand aside for change, party of old, carbon-based voters!

NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATT YGLESIAS WILL BE HORRIFIED: Researchers Claim Sex Robots Will Be Future Of Sex Tourism.

Will there be a special Secret Service model?

At least we’re not seeing more of those old-fashioned robot stereotypes.

ROBOSEXUAL: Today’s Humans Ready to Love Tomorrow’s Robots. “A world of lonely singles finding comfort in the arms of a robot lover may be closer than expected in human hearts and minds.”

UPDATE: In Maryland, standing up against robosexual marriage. Nobody tell noted robophobe Matt Yglesias! There’s already a book-length treatment. And hey, I’m married to a Cyborg and it’s pretty great. You know what they say: Once you’ve gone Cyborg, you’ll never, uh . . . anybody got a rhyming dictionary handy?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader J.C. Hinds writes:

Allow me to nerd out for a minute or three as I’ve given the relationships between all-flesh humans, cyborgs and robots a little too much thought. My fellow online gamers could verify this, sadly. As someone who plays a cyborg I always figured starting a relationship with a cyborg would be referred to as “going metal.” It’s a reference to those who have gone through a full-body “just a brain and glands in a jar” conversion and early bodies would likely be made of metal. Anyway, the best rhyme I’ve used so far to promote the benefits of dating a cyborg is “Once you go metal, you’ll no longer settle.” Also I’m pretty sure that a few wiseacres among the cyborg set would say “Cyborg is outdated. The preferred term is Mecha-American.”

Thought that might help you to a better understanding of this new world where metal & fleshy bits get a little cozier than expected. It may also say that I’ve read way too much science fiction in my life. Thanks for writing such an enjoyable blog for all these years.

There’s no such thing as reading too much science fiction!

FORGET GAY MARRIAGE, now they’re attacking robot marriage.

I’ll bet the robophobes like Matt Yglesias are having a field day with this one. There are already books about it. And hey, I’m already married to a cyborg, and it’s pretty great . . . .

BOY, JUST POST A picture of Matthew Yglesias and the robophobia appears. (“Though perhaps we’ll all be thinking whatever our robot overlords tell us by then.”) The Yglesias reference is like a dog-whistle for the robophobes, I guess . . . .

“WHY NOT MARRY A ROBOT?” Don’t tell Matt Yglesias and the other robophobes about this! But hey, I’m already married to a cyborg and it’s pretty great . . . .

UPDATE: More here.

MORE BAD NEWS FOR ALL THOSE ROBOPHOBES OUT THERE:

This week, engineers, psychologists and computer scientists from across Europe will begin a major project that aims to develop the first robot personalities.

“What we’re looking at here is long-term interactions between people and robots in real situations,” said Peter McOwan of Queen Mary, University of London, coordinator of the £6.6m, EU-funded Lirec project. “The big question is: what sort of properties does a synthetic companion need to have so that you feel you want to engage in a relationship with it over an extended period of time?”

Nobody tell Matt Yglesias.