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Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships Paperback – November 4, 2008
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Much of the book is dedicated to detailing the reasons why humans and robots will before the end of the 21st century - indeed, Levy believes it will be around the midpoint of the century - humans will fall in love with and have sex with robots. He addresses issues such as the grounds for attachment, the technological hurdles that remain to be overcome, and the status of work on artificial intelligence. The sex portion of the book is a rather dull catalog of the use of inanimate objects to achieve sexual climax.Read more ›
Basically what the author does is spend the whole book trying to build a case as to why it could be possible that people will eventually have sex and develop relationships with robots. Chapter by chapter, he tries to assemble the different pieces of the argument: humans have relationships with pets... humans have relationships with AI robots and computer simulations such as Tamagotchi, Furby, AIBO, and KISMET... humans use machines (e.g., vibrators) and sex dolls for sexual pleasure... attitudes toward various sexual practices (e.g., masturbation, fornication, homosexuality) have evolved over the years. Put it all together now: in the future, there's a good chance people could develop relationships and have sex with robots, and we'll be cool with that.
As other reviewers already stated, he does not raise any ethical questions about whether this is a good idea or whether this is where the human race should really be headed. It seems that these types of questions were beyond the scope of this book. But even for what the book is, I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never really did.
If you're looking for better books about the interaction between humans and computers/robots, you're better off reading "Alone Together" by Sherry Turkle or "The Shallows" by Nicholas Carr.
I fully accept that those who were depicted in the novel and films, "The Stepford Wives" who happened to be robots rather than human could be technically approximated in Levy's general timeframe. He talks about the great advantages, but here he is either satiric or clueless, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt, and call it brilliant Swiftian satire. While same sex marriage, however we may view it (and the cultural objections have been consigned to the work of evil psychopaths afflicted with the disease of homophobia) is a commitment of two humans who choose this relationship. Sex robots can not be a member of a marriage whether such realistic objects can be created in a few decades, centuries or millennia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully different look at the future of Robots and Human interface. Easy read !! TBPublished 5 months ago by Todd Brickhouse
Young men need to get into sexual relationships with young women through dating - and they need these experiences for their healthy personal development. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. A. Plus
Levy is correct in asserting the technology for mechanized romance was not long in coming when he wrote this book; in 2015, and having been personally involved with at least 3 of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Martin R. Goss
A wonderful read. I bought the hard copy and gave it to a friend. I had to have a digital copy though for my library. Thank you David Levy!Published 18 months ago by M. Pino
I actually bought a hard copy of this a few years ago, read it, and lent it out only to never see it again. I'm happy to see a Kindle version.Published on August 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Not very interesting. Some furtuistic ideas but nothing impressive and it was too historical. Not inventive enough in my opinionPublished on April 23, 2014 by Garrett Shirey
This is a book that opens your mind to something that is already starting to have it's impact on society,whether it rattles your moral or religious code. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Daniel Levi-Gomez