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