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Robot Be With Me

posted Jun 12, 2015, 7:51 PM by Ellen Pearlman   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 8:10 PM ]

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All photos on this project from the New York Times

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, brain sensors, immersive environments - something has got to give. As Adam wanted Eve, and projected via the snake lust and desire onto her as she ate the apple thereby destroying paradise, the same theme is repeating, starting with the robotic. It is taking the virtual into the real as sex dolls serve as companions, dance and art partners. Its the era of the robot companion/puppet. Matt McMullen is the artistic creator of the she-robot “Harmony” and others diva dolls. His Abyss company churns out sex doll/adult companions who want to jump across the “uncanny valley” to become believable enough for someone to fall in love with it (her)(him)(transgender).

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Silicone companionship or silicone meat weighed on a hook? It takes about three months to make a doll, and they weigh in on the hook at an average 70 pounds.

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What separates this from the inflatable sex doll is its silicone, and Abyss is also incorporating AI and interactivity.  Most importantly you can experience a sexy lady inside an Oculus Rift and touch the silicone emulation simultaneously. 

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I see you from within in the Oculus Rift, now let me touch you

Its inevitable this had to happen, and its clear there is a demand for this type of product. And, like the main character Oscar Isacc in Ex Machina, one has to wonder how McMullen test drives his creations. Apparently it was an issue, since a lot of them need to be test driven inside an electric blanket. They can’t generate their own warmth and become rather chilly to the touch, dampening amorous intentions. Plans are underway to give them self generative heating units.

McMullen does not feel he objectifies women, but instead admits he objectifies dolls. And, he says, “my art is an imitation of the beauty I see in the female form.”

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Also like in Ex Machina, one has a different reaction seeing the wireless wires of the puppet master.

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Well at least Real Dolls has a male version, but they don’t speak or interact. Since women make up only ten percent of customers, they also cater to the gay market. The body of the doll only needs cleaning with a damp sponge and should be sprinkled with baby powder to eliminate skin tackiness. The company recommends sponging and powdering a doll once a month to keep it fresh.

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Male punk image from Real Dolls

David Levy, an artificial intelligence expert professed that by 2050 robots will fall in love with humans and make themselves desirable and desired.

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