Sex Robot Conference to Be Held at London’s Goldsmiths University

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By CHARLIE NASH, October 24, 2016

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A conference based on the industry and future of sex robots is set to be held in December at London’s “highly-respected” Goldsmiths University.

The Love and Sex with Robots Conference will take place between the 19th and the 20th of December, and boasts a current lineup of 16 doctors and professors at the event, where a number of related topics will be discussed including robot emotions, teledildonics, and intelligent electronic sex hardware.

The conference, which was originally due to take place in Malaysia until it was banned, is also encouraging paper submissions which will be compiled into “a special issue of the journal Computer Science.”

Professor Adrian David Cheok (Director of the Mixed Reality Lab), Dr. Kate Devlin (Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London), and Dr. David Levy (author of Love and Sex with Robots) are set to chair the conference, which will cost £200 for admission to the general public or £125 for students.

“Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men,” said Dr. Devlin. “A machine is a blank slate – it is what we make of it. Why should a sex robot be binary? What about the potential for therapy? It’s time for new approaches to artificial sexuality. Cutting edge research in technology and ethics is vital if we want to reframe ideas about the human-tech relationship.”

Earlier this month, sex industry entrepreneur Bradley Charvet announced his plans to open a sex robot cafe in London, where visitors could “enjoy a nice blowjob from a sex robot” while drinking coffee and eating a pastry. Charvet also declared that if the cafe was a success, he would open another in Manchester with 24/7 service.

“I think it will be fully emotional,” claimed Futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson during an interview on the future of sex robots with Breitbart Tech in July, before adding that people would spend “about the same as they do today on a decent family-size car.”

“Now if you’re going to be buying one for that sort of money, you’ve got to buy one that you find attractive. You’ve got a wide choice over cars for instance, you’ve got to have a similar choice over robots. There’s not just going to be two models on the market, you’re going to be able to pick robots where you can customise their appearance,” he claimed. “People will design the robots that they’re buying as a home servant, or butler, or maid, or whatever it is they’re buying it for, and they’ll be customising the appearance of that so that they find it attractive.”

“In the same time-frame, artificial intelligence is reaching human levels and also becoming emotional as well,” Pearson continued. “So people will actually have quite strong emotional relationships with their own robots. In many cases that will develop into a sexual one because they’ll already think that the appearance of the robot matches their preference anyway, so if it looks nice and it has a superb personality too it’s inevitable that people will form very strong emotional bonds with their robots and in many cases that will lead to sex.”

Humans Marrying Robots? Experts Say It’s Really Coming

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By Tessa Berenson – December 27, 2016 – Fortune

http://fortune.com/2016/12/26/human-robot-love-marriage-relationships/

 

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If you were rooting for Dolores and William to make it work on Westworld, just wait a few more decades and their relationship may be able to exist in real life. That’s right, a few experts say marriage will be legal between humans and robots by 2050.

At a conference last week called “Love and Sex with Robots” at Goldsmith University in London, David Levy, author of a book on human-robot love, made the bold prediction, Quartz reports. And while some other experts were skeptical, Adrian Cheok, a professor at City University London and director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, supported Levy’s idea.

“That might seem outrageous because it’s only 35 years away. But 35 years ago people thought homosexual marriage was outrageous,” Cheok said. “Until the 1970s, some states didn’t allow white and black people to marry each other. Society does progress and change very rapidly.”

And Cheok pointed out that there could be some real advantages to robot relationships. “A lot of human marriages are very unhappy,” he said. “Compared to a bad marriage, a robot will be better than a human.”

Kissenger “The World’s First Mobile Kiss Messenger” to save your long distance relationship

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Kissenger, It is the world’s first mobile kiss messenger. If you are worrying about your long distance relationship, then it is only for you. This messenger will send your kisses to your lover. It works with pressure and actuators. It records the user’s kiss and transmits it to an identical receiving device, sends to the other end through an app that also features video calling.

Kiss is an important segment to express our love, and physical touch plays an important role in the relationship. So it is not possible in long distance relations ships. By this kissenger you can plugin into the phone and give your loved ones a kiss over the internet.

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This device will sense your kiss and transmit realistic kissing sensations to your partner in real time. After kissing, you can feel the force on your lips when your partners kiss back.

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High precision sensors have embedded in the device under the silicon lip to measure the different parts of the lips during the kiss. After giving the kiss, it sends data in the form of kiss to your partner over the internet in real time.

Kissenger ios app is also available, after installing you can send kisses to your partner. These was designed by Adrian David Cheok, Emma Yann Zhang, Yukihiro Morisawa, Shogo Nishiguchi from Imagineering Lab, city university, London.

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Professor Zhang said “ kiss is an expression to express our love, it is also stress reducing when we involved in the kind of physical touch we have a lower level of blood pressure

To stay connected with your lover, friends, and family you can use this device. Kissenger is live now. They made the first working prototype for ios device is designed like a phone cover that plugs into the audio jack of iPhone or iPad.

Lonely? Kissenger simulates long-distance smooch over internet

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By Neal Augenstein – January 16, 2017 – Washington’s Top News

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A new device called the Kissenger makes it possible to give and receive a kiss through a smartphone — but it’s a bit early to start puckering up.

WASHINGTON — Long-distance relationships can be challenging, but a new device makes it possible to kiss someone over a smartphone.

Kissenger — no relationship to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — is in the working prototype stage, said Emma Yann Zhang, a doctoral student at the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia.

“It’s a device where you can plug into your phone, and it has an array of force sensors and actuators inside the device that can measure your lip pressure,” Zhang said.

The prototype, made from a 3D printer, includes a holster which holds the phone and an oblong silicone pad.

When exchanging a long-distance kiss, each participant can see the other through Skype video and feel the lip pressure being transmitted by the partner in real-time.

“We wanted material that is as close or similar to human skin, which is soft and flexible,” said Zhang.

Zhang developed the prototype and accompanying iPhone app for her doctoral research in conjunction with professor Adrian David Cheok, at City University London.

“We want to make online or digital communication much more intimate,” said Zhang. “We can see or hear each other, but we can’t really touch each other through the internet.”

Zhang said the physical touch is very important for human relationships, especially between lovers, and for parents and children.

“Some parents want to kiss their children or grandchildren when they’re not living together with them,” she said.

While interest in the concept has been high, Zhang said there are no current plans to commercialize Kissenger, although she would be open to working with companies willing to collaborate.

The quality of the kiss likely leaves something to be desired — it’s more of a peck on the lips,  since there’s no tongue component.

And while Kissenger already has a sizable “ewww” factor — wait, there’s more.

“Now we’re looking at making the resolution of this device higher, with more sensors and actuators to  provide a more realistic kissing sensation,” including your partner’s scent, said Zhang.

“The next version we’re looking at building a kissing robot,” said Zhang. “It’s going to be a humanoid robot head, but with interactive lips.”

Ewwwww  More to come.

Emma Yann Zhang and Adrian David Cheok demonstrate how Kissenger works:

Le sexe avec les robots, ça pourrait commencer dès 2017

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By Actualisé – December 22, 2016 – The Huffington Post.fr

http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2016/12/22/le-sexe-avec-les-robots-ca-pourrait-commencer-des-2017/

Bientôt, fera-t-on faire l’amour à des androïdes ?

 

TECHNO – Avoir des relations sexuelles avec des robots “c’est pour demain”, a prédit un chercheur en intelligence artificielle lors d’une conférence consacrée aux jouets sexuels interactifs et aux relations avec les humanoïdes, organisée à Londres les 19 et 20 décembre.

Si le cinéma et la télévision, avec récemment par exemple “Ex Machina” et “Westworld“, ont largement exploré l’idée des androïdes comme objets de séduction, les robots sexuels restent pour l’instant du domaine de la science fiction.

Cela devrait changer rapidement, prédit toutefois le spécialiste David Levy, “avec l’arrivée des premiers robots sexuels quelque part l’an prochain”.

L’entreprise californienne Abyss Creations a en effet annoncé vouloir mettre sur le marché dès 2017 des robots sexuels qui présentent toutes les apparences de l’humain. La société propose déjà des “poupées sexuelles” grandeur nature depuis des années, mais va maintenant leur donner la parole. Elles pourront discuter avec une personne, lui demander comment s’est passée sa journée, etc.

Le sexe à distance

En attendant, les dernières trouvailles en matière de jouets sexuels électroniques ont été présentées lors de la conférence organisée par l’université Goldsmiths de Londres, comme cette application mobile permettant aux couples d’échanger des baisers à distance et baptisée “Kissenger”.

Une autre application qui propose d’échanger des bruits et sensations de léchage, “Teletongue”, est en cours de développement à l’université Keio de Tokyo. Encore plus loin et plus bizarre, le site BlowCast propose des fellations via internet, en enregistrant d’un côté les sensations et en les retransmettant de l’autre, avec des sextoys connectés.

Lynne Hall, du département de sciences informatiques de l’université britannique de Sunderland, estime que les robots pourraient créer “une expérience sexuelle fantastique”. “Il y a plein d’avantages au sexe avec les robots… C’est sûr, vous n’attrapez pas de maladie, vous pouvez contrôler”, a-t-elle mis en avant. Et selon elle, il n’y aucun risque de le voir supplanter le sexe entre humains.

Les mariages avec des robots pour 2050?

“On nous inculque une sorte de panique morale… ‘c’est dégoûtant… personne ne fera plus l’amour avec un humain’”, dit-elle. “Mais les gens regardent régulièrement du porno et continuent pourtant de faire l’amour avec des êtres humains.”

David Levy, auteur en 2007 du livre “Love and Sex with robots”, qui a donné son nom au symposium londonien, va plus loin et estime que l’homme pourrait aussi envisager d’épouser des robots dès le milieu du siècle.

Les robots du futur seront “patients, gentils, protecteurs, aimants”, jamais “jaloux, vantards, arrogants, brutaux”, a affirmé David Levy, par ailleurs champion international d’échecs britannique. “A moins évidemment que vous ne le souhaitiez”.

Selon sa vision, des parents robots pourraient devenir une norme sociale, avec des lois promouvant “l’identité robot”. “Le temps viendra où le débat théorique devra évoluer en loi et les conséquences de ces lois seront stupéfiantes”, présage-t-il.

Pour le moment cependant, envisager des relations sexuelles avec un humanoïde va trop loin pour beaucoup de monde, souligne Emma Yann Zhang, une étudiante de City University de Londres qui a travaillé sur le prototype “Kissenger”.

Une étude menée par l’Institut d’imagerie de Malaisie, en collaboration avec la City University, montre en effet que si les gens sont ouverts à la possibilité que des humains puissent être attirés par des robots, la plupart n’envisagent aucunement de prendre un robot pour amant, a-t-elle souligné.