Friday, July 29, 2005


The BBC reports that Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised, a "female" android called Repliee Q1.

Repliee Q1

She has flexible silicone skin, not hard plastic.The interesting thing, according to BBC, is that she has a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner. She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe.

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University says Repliee Q1 is unlike any robot you will have seen before outside of the movies, and he believes one day robots could fool us into believing they are human. She is designed to look human and although she can only sit at present, she has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor, programmed to allow her to move like a human.

Perhaps the Real Doll (not a work-safe link) people will be start working in conjunction with the Japanese robotics engineers and start developing what is in the back of everybody's mind but no one is yet talking about: realistic sex slaves.

Real Doll, Mai version.

Maybe "sex slave" is a little harsh, since they are robots, not humans. Maybe we should call them "Guaranteed Android Sex Partners" (or GASPs). An on-demand sex partner that doesn't require copious amounts of alcohol first.

Okay, there are issues of truly objectifying the female gender (although Real Doll is also available in a male version), but wide availability of GASPs would eliminate much of the demand for a sex industry with real-live prostitutes who often have to be coerced, beaten, or drugged into submission. A lot less STDs going around the hereo community, too. Women could finally go to a bar without being hounded by every guy within a fifty-foot radius.

And don't people already objectify the opposite gender already, even without GASPs?

This could be like "Bladerunner" or "Millennium Man," I guess. Would much of the upper class that can afford GASPs just stop breeding? Would GASPs be utilized as hookers? Would they develop a GASP that serves as many special female needs as it does male needs (the Real Doll people seem to have mastered fellatio but not cunnilingus)? Would you have to pay for an extra seat when you fly with your GASP?


At 7/31/2005 9:12 PM, Anonymous baduk said...

It is bound to happen.

One cannot stop progress. As long as men want their women to be "submissive" (is this such a bad concept?), there is a market for it.

At 8/01/2005 1:22 PM, Blogger baduk said...

I think the baseline is set. Any woman who can not perform at least at the level of Repliee Q1 had better shape up or ship out.

I expect women of a better quality will survive (by mating and spreading their genes) in the future. All substandard women will disappear.

I expect a horde of man-pleasers. Or else, men will live with the future generations of Repliee Q1.

At 8/02/2005 3:00 AM, Anonymous spinkick said...

in the same sense that masturbation is temporarily satisfying yet fails to be fullfilling over time, doll partner substitutes would only fill a 'stopgap' role for future sex.

There is something about flesh, soul and mind that can't be replaced , therefore, I don't think that either actual sex or procreation are in danger of vanishing in the face of 'Real Dolls'...

At 8/03/2005 8:59 AM, Anonymous Andy said...

Have you seen Cherry 2000?


At 8/09/2005 1:04 PM, Blogger hardyandtiny said...

Are robots required by law to wear clothing?

At 9/25/2005 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"real-live prostitutes who often have to be coerced, beaten, or drugged into submission."

Wrong. You clearly need to visit the sex districts more often and talk to the ladies.

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