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The future of robot love affairs, continued

Posted on | December 15, 2007 | No Comments

John Hawks, an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin (and one of my favorite reads) recently happened upon something that I wrote about in a rather satirical manner, a possible future that prescribes that we’ll be making love (and falling in love) to/with robots by 2050.

John also reacted to the cyborg loving prognosis in a satirical manner, however he asked two questions that picked at my brain:

Well, that’s one more thing, isn’t it? If you’re more likely to fall in love with a robot, will you be less likely to have children? And if so, will that mean that over many generations, robot-revulsion genes will be selected?

I think, perhaps, he’s put the cart before the horse. I suggest that those who would entertain companion robots would not be likely to have children, even if companion robots weren’t available.

I (humbly) suggest that we examine what fuels the need for such innovation as part of the bigger picture when it comes to the topic. Are “robot revolution” genomes amongst us now and about to manifest? I’ve said this a few hundred times, things happen – when depends entirely on when said things are noticed.

I could go into a lengthy outburst regarding over-population and the insular nature that feeds both technological and cultural innovation (facebook, anyone?) but I won’t, I don’t need to, his questions (should) obviate anything that I have to say on the topic.

What remains is the power of envy. Robot companions are going to be a fact of life, the industry is simply too lucrative to not occur. This premise yields interesting thoughts, if the love of your life can continue to exist with replacement parts, what will you do? Write a will to de-activate your companion and have it cremated with you? What inspiration will be found when we age and our companions do not?

It seems only natural that we, as human beings eventually escape our sentient cycle … my only hope is that I’m alive to witness even a small part of that process. Back to my premise on how things occur, is there something that we’re not yet seeing?

Will such reformation bring an end to money, since industry would be in full control of our next evolutionary step? These are interesting questions.

Thanks, John for continuing to think out of the box :)


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