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Remember the Robin Williams movie, BICENTENNIAL MAN:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/5414105.html

Programmed for love
Author sees hard-wired sex in the future - and apparently it's all good - especially if you like robots
By FRITZ LANHAM

Love + Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships
By David Levy
Harper, 334 pp. $24.95.

If you're younger than 35, you'll probably live long enough to put David Levy's prediction to the test. Levy says that by 2050 we'll be creating robots so lifelike, so imbued with human-seeming intelligence and emotions, as to be nearly indistinguishable from real people. And we'll have sex with these robots. Some of us will even marry them. And it will all be good.



Click on link for the rest of the article.

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For a hilarious take on this, check out YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu0TXl15PgU "Don't Date Robots!"
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Ummm....thanks anyway but my motto is, "Accept no substitues".
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That's a grossly overstated estimate, almost certainly. I'd put it closer to 2140 than 2040 probably. We probably won't even have the computing power in a large system by then, much less reduced to that point (and self powered), by then.

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Too many issues to be fixed before they become indistinguishable. There will be decades of animated blowup dolls before things are perfected. Since the animated blowup dolls have not yet appeared, still a way off yet.

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Sure, and there will be bases on the moon by 2001.

(actually, I'm just pissed at being to old to 'enjoy' this future marvel! )

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I don't buy it. Supposedly by now everybody would be wizzing back and forth in a flying car. Even though the technology to have a viable flying car exists, we still don't and probably wont have it for quite a while. There are too many obstacles.
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Hardly an original prediction. We saw human/robot sex on the movie screen in 1973:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070909/

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I don't buy it. Supposedly by now everybody would be wizzing back and forth in a flying car. Even though the technology to have a viable flying car exists, we still don't and probably wont have it for quite a while. There are too many obstacles

There are different types of obstacles. The obstacles to flying cars are mostly social ones. We just don't really want to go there, despite all the sci-fi visions we've been exposed to.

The obstacles to gorgeous sex slave robots are purely technical. If it was technically doable, you know that somebody would be rich enough to make Bill Gates look like a pauper right now. There would be the opposite of social resistance, there would be a massive demand.

That does kind of mean that it'll be done as soon as it's technically and commercially practical, but that's still a long way off, at least for something that's indistinguishable from human.

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Hardly an original prediction. We saw human/robot sex on the movie screen in 1973:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070909/

There was also the pleasure-machine in Woody Allen's Sleeper, also shot in 1973.

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I don't buy it. Supposedly by now everybody would be wizzing back and forth in a flying car. Even though the technology to have a viable flying car exists, we still don't and probably wont have it for quite a while. There are too many obstacles.

I don’t see The Jetsons or The 5th Element ever happening. You’re talking bumper cars in the sky. Too many near misses with aircraft now. Can you imagine millions of cars taking to the air? The FAA has enough problems as it is. I hate to say never, but people will be doin’ a robot before millions of cars hit the friendly skies. Do you suppose they’ll program PMS in those robots just to f**k with the men? And will men come with remote controls already imbedded in their fingertips to f**k with the women? Enquiring minds want to know.
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If you look back 42 years and see what folks then were predicting about the future, it's clear they

1) Dramatically overestimated the amount of change
2) Failed to predict the handful of true innovations we did see

Life today just isn't that different from 1966. Things may be faster, cheaper, smaller - but aren't really different.
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There are different types of obstacles. The obstacles to flying cars are mostly social ones. We just don't really want to go there, despite all the sci-fi visions we've been exposed to.

The obstacles to gorgeous sex slave robots are purely technical. If it was technically doable, you know that somebody would be rich enough to make Bill Gates look like a pauper right now. There would be the opposite of social resistance, there would be a massive demand.

That does kind of mean that it'll be done as soon as it's technically and commercially practical, but that's still a long way off, at least for something that's indistinguishable from human.

Oh, I don't know Dean. I mean, surely there would be other obsacles other than technical ones. Look at stem cell research. I can see masses of religious folks picketting the production facilities harping about moral issues.
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Life today just isn't that different from 1966. Things may be faster, cheaper, smaller - but aren't really different.

Well, we aren't 'talking' to our computer like on Star Trek, but back then it seemed like a FAR OUT concept to have something like a computer monitor set on a desk and not one of those Forbin Project beasts!

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Well, we aren't 'talking' to our computer like on Star Trek, but back then it seemed like a FAR OUT concept to have something like a computer monitor set on a desk and not one of those Forbin Project beasts!

Computer monitors that sat on desks might have been too expensive for the average guy, but they existed back then. Take a look at thosa NASA control rooms.
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Computer monitors that sat on desks might have been too expensive for the average guy, but they existed back then. Take a look at thosa NASA control rooms.

Yes, and today's $5 pocket calculators have more computing power. In some ways we haven't gone as far, in other ways we have exceeded.

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I think development happens only where the money is. In case of universities, research goes in the direction of projects for which they can get grants and for businesses, it depends on profit.
So development happens mostly wherever there is more profit.
If enough profit can be shown, it might just happen !

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Of course, as a recent spam e-mail claimed, if you went back to 1907:

The average life expectancy was 47 years.


Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles
Of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.


The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in 1907 was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
Were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
Entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
Hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.


Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households had at least
One full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. !

If someone were to predict what we would have in 2007, they probably would have been labeled insane, or a sci-fi writer.
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Dating robots??

Heck, nothing new there....our Deckard is or is not a Replicant thread became so heated (pun not intended), a few guys said they would DO Rachael, given a opportunity.
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