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I Now Pronounce You Man and…Robot?!?

Scott on October 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm

I don’t know if I should be disturbed, freaked out, amused or all three. Netherlands artificial intelligence researcher David Levy is speculating that marriages between humans and robots will be taking place by 2050. While this sounds like another piece from The Onion, apparently it is legit. The FoxNews write-up includes several tantalizing tinker-toy tidbits. Let me rank them for you by awarding them my own titles:


At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, “but once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon,” Levy said.

NOTE: I’m thinking this guy has watched the episode “I, Mudd” from the original Star Trek waaaay too many times!


“It may sound a little weird, but it isn’t,” Levy said. “Love and sex with robots are inevitable.”

NOTE: No, David. Love and sex with robots doesn’t sound weird at all. You certainly do seem anxious to win our approval. Do you have something to share with us? Is that why you’ve been spending so much time with your mom’s old Hoover?


“One hundred years ago, interracial marriage and same-sex marriages were illegal in the United States. Interracial marriage has been legal now for 50 years, and same-sex marriage is legal in some parts of the states,” Levy said. “There has been this trend in marriage where each partner gets to make their own choice of who they want to be with.”

NOTE: I’m note quite sure this is what Martin Luther King, Jr. had in mind when he had his dream!


“If you have pedophiles and you let them use a robotic child, will that reduce the incidence of them abusing real children, or will it increase it?”

NOTE: He might have a point in a weird/twisted/disturbing way, but the visual image he just created in my mind is enough for me to have to choke back my lunch.


Levy is currently writing a paper on the ethical treatment of robots. When it comes to sex and love with robots, “the ethical issues on how to treat them are something we’ll have to consider very seriously, and they’re very complicated issues,” Levy said.

NOTE: Right! The “ethical treatment of robots.” He should put in a call to P.E.T.A. I’m thinking that he could open a subsidiary chapter called P.E.T.R.A.M.P.U. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Robots, Androids and Mechanoid Pleasure Units).

I do have one question: Does this mean that my vacuum will need another attachment…the pimp attachment…in order for it to help me hook up with the hot little toaster down the street?

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