“When I started out,” says David Levy, international chess champion and expert in artificial intelligence, “I didn’t know anything about artificial vaginas.
There is already a market for realistic-looking life-sized dolls made from a durable high elastometer silicone material. In time, Levy predicts, it will be quite normal for people to buy robots as companions and lovers.
Female dolls either have fixed or removable vaginas and cost anything from ,000-,000. “I believe that loving sex robots will be a great boon to society,” he says.
“And we employ Concept Net to provide Do-Much-More with real-world commonsense information so that Do-Much-More sometimes appears not only to understand what the user is saying but also to know something about the subject.’’“There were these businessmen with these bricks and you thought it so geeky and who’d ever want to use that? Now, sure you can choose not to have a mobile phone, but because everyone else has got one, it’s become the new social norm.
So I think a lot of these technologies will become like that – including robotics and mixed reality and all these things that people initially might find a little bit scary.’’Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that David Levy was the only person to win the Loebner prize twice.
It will serve as a software core that can be configured for anything the market requires.
It could, for example, discuss a company and its products; or a mobile app such as a virtual girlfriend or boyfriend; or a server based application with which cell phone users can interact via SMS messaging.,’’ says Levy.Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at London’s City University, has been refining a device called a Kissinger: a set of pressure-sensitive artificial lips that can transmit a kiss from a real mouth to a similar device owned by a partner who might be thousands of miles away.The Kissinger system has been in development for about eight years, with the latest model designed to plug into a smartphone.And this is where transmitting the other senses is so important.”Levy, 69, and Cheok, 42, have teamed up to work on a new “chat agent” – software that can understand and respond to natural human language and speech.The project, named I-Friend, will be based on artificial intelligence software that won Levy and his team the Loebner prize for a second time in 2009.“It could, for example, be an upmarket toy such as a furry animal or a creature from another planet; or a web avatar that repeatedly turns the conversation to discuss a company and its products; or a mobile app such as a virtual girlfriend or boyfriend.”Cheok adds: “In the first instance, it could probably replace all the phone sex for which people for some reason pay very high rates.” Ultimately, however, the aim would be for it to be “used in robots for artificial love and sex chat”.“There are millions of people out there who, for one reason or another, cannot establish good relationships.”And when does he think this might come about?