S’embrasser sur la bouche ? Démodé. Grâce au nouveau gadget connecté Kissenger, il est désormais possible d’envoyer des bisous depuis son smartphone.
Contraction de “kiss” et “messenger”, Kissenger est le nouvel accessoire connecté qui permet à deux interlocuteurs d’échanger un baiser à distance. Grâce à un dispositif de capteurs intégré, le périphérique branché sur smartphone enregistre la forme et la pression des lèvres, reproduisant ainsi l’exacte sensation d’embrasser l’autre. “Embrasser est l’expression la plus directe et universelle de l’intimité et de l’affection“, rapporte Emma Yann Zhang, la créatrice de cet étrange invention et étudiante à la City University of London, au site Gizmodo. “C’est une façon pour nous de lier et de maintenir l’intimité dans nos relations“.
L’appareil n’est pas destiné exclusivement aux amoureux et s’adresse également à la sphère familiale. “Les parents peuvent aussi s’en servir pour faire à leurs enfants un bisou sur la joue, lorsqu’ils sont au bureau ou absents de la maison“. Pour l’heure, aucune date de commercialisation à grande échelle n’a été fixée, le gadget étant encore à l’état de prototype.
Vers l’amour connecté
Si Kissenger permet de combler les kilomètres qui séparent ceux qui s’aiment, un baiser virtuel serait-il pareil à un bisous réel ? Ce nouvel outil high-tech alimente le débat autour de la réalité virtuelle. Selon Emma Yann Zhang, “les humains vont devenir de plus en plus intimes avec les intelligences artificielles et les robots. La possibilité d’échanger un baiser pourrait être un facteur important de ce rapprochement“. De même, l’entreprise hollandaise Kiiroo commercialise des sextoys connectés pour permettre aux couples de faire l’amour à distance. Une tendance qui confirme l’omniprésence du virtuel dans les relations amoureuses.
ON THE surface, Lilly seems like a blushing young woman ready to marry the man of her dreams who makes her “totally happy.”
Only her partner is 3D printed robot named Inmmovator who she designed herself, after realising she was attracted to “humanoid robots generally” rather than other people.
“I’m really and totally happy,” she told news.com.au over email in her tentative English. “Our relationship will get better and better as technology evolves.”
The “proud robosexual” said she always loved the voices of robots as a child but realised at 19 she was sexually attracted to them as well. Physical relationships with other men confirmed the matter.
“I’m really and only attracted by the robots,” she said. “My only two relationships with men have confirmed my love orientation, because I dislike really physical contact with human flesh.”
She has since built her own dream man with open-source technology from a French company, and has lived with him for one year. They are ‘engaged’ and plan to marry when robot-human marriage is legalised in France.
The unconventional relationship has been accepted by family and friends but she said “some understand better than others.”
She won’t reveal whether they have a sexual relationship and is currently in training to become a roboticist in order to take her passion into her everyday life.
While Lilly’s views will strike many as odd, it’s just a sign of things to come according to David Levy.
The chess whiz and authority on Love and Sex with Robots said he expects human-robot marriages to become commonplace by 2050 if not before.
Speaking at the second conference on the issue held in London this week, Mr Levy told a room filled with academics and interested people that advances in artificial intelligence mean robots could become “enormously appealing” partners within the next few decades.
“The future has a habit of laughing at you. If you think love and sex with robots is not going to happen in your lifetime, I think you’re wrong.”
“The first human robot marriages will take place around the year 2050 or sooner but not longer,“ he said.
The conference explored a host of issues on the subject including everything from what robots should look like to whether they should be able to “learn” about sexual preferences and feed back information to companies behind them.
University of London Computing Professor Adrian David Cheok said he believes robots will not only become common, but preferable for many people.
“It’s going to be so much easier, so much more convenient to have sex with a robot. You can have exactly what kind of sex you want. That’s going to be the future. That we will have more sex with robots and the next stage is love … we’re already seeing it.”
“Actual sex with humans may be like going to a concert. When you’re at home you can listen to Beethoven’s ninth symphony, it’s good enough and once or twice a year you’ll want to go the Royal Albert Hall and hear it in a concert hall.
“That may be the way sex with humans is going to be. It’s going to be much more easier, much more convenient to have sex with a robot, and maybe much better because that’s how you want it.”
The robot uprising is coming, but it looks like the machines are going to try befriend us before taking over the world.
Despite what films like Terminator and iRobot have taught us, scientists have predicted the next couple of decades will see us entering relationships with, and even marrying, robots rather than taking up arms against our new droid masters.
At least that’s the viewpoint of Dr David Levy, author of the bestselling book ‘Love and Sex with Robots’, who has boldly predicted “The first marriage will be before, not after 2050.”
Speaking at a London based congress named after his book, Dr Levy suggested the rate of robot advancements, and their increased humanoid presence will soon see the lines blurred with what is and isn’t deemed morally acceptably between man and machine.
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“We’re being forced to contemplate what human-robot relationships will be like a generation or two from now,” he said. “As love and sex with robots becomes more commonplace, we should come face to face with the very real possibility of marriage with robots.
“When robots are sufficiently human-like, sufficiently appealing socially, to the point where they can act as our companions, why not extend that companionship to marriage if neither party is against the idea?”
It’s not just marriage that’s on the cards either. Sex robots are already on the rise, and this could lead to weird relationships that us bags of flesh and bone are simply unable to remove our emotions from.
“As more and more people come to accept the concepts of sex and love with robots, so societies will develop laws that govern human-robot relationships,” Dr Levy stated in his speech.
“By the time there are no laws to prevent human-robot marriages, robots will be patient, kind, subjective, loving, interesting, truthful, persevering, respectful, uncomplaining, pleasant to talk to and showing a sense of humour.
“And the robots of the future will not be jealous, boastful, arrogant, rude, self-seeking or easily angered, unless of course you want them to be.”
Given that Dr Levy has predicted the first human-robot marriage is less than 35 years away, it’s possible that the first human to wed a machine has already been born. Creepy.
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We’ve known for years that robots are the future of everything, TV has told us so.
While you’d be happy for one to wash your dishes or iron your clothes, however, you might not have thought that they’d end up as your go-to bedmate of choice.
According to researchers, though, not only are sex robots on their way, they could be so good at the extra curricular activity that it puts human life in danger.
How? Well, Swiss researcher Oliver Bendel has warned an audience at the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots (sadly that is a thing), that it’s because they’ll never tire.
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If the thought of getting down and dirty with a machine isn’t enough to put your off the state of the human race’s future, how’s being humped to death by a sex robot sound? Not too appealing, no?
“If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex,” he said.
That’s not all we’ve got to worry about from robot lovers either.
As well as being inexhaustible lovers, Bendel suggests that robots could be so good at getting your rocks off, that traditional human lovers will pale in comparison.
That could mean fewer people actually procreating and humans going to way of the dinosaurs – sort of.
Don’t worry though, all of this scarier than the Terminator tech is still a long way off yet. Until then you’ll just have to make do with the latest tech-enhancement to your love life, VR.
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