LOS ANGELES — David Levy, an international chess champion and expert in artificial intelligence, has released a new comprehensive book on the subject of, amongst other erotic topics in A.I., fake vaginas, called “Love and Sex With Robots.”
“When I started out,” Levy said. “I didn’t know anything about artificial vaginas. It is quite extraordinary how much interest there is in that subject.”
Newsweek lauds Levy’s efforts, designating it as “perhaps the fullest exploration of the future of humans and robots, especially their interaction in the bedroom. It explores the details of internet-linked devices that transmit real physical contact.”
What sets Levy’s exploration apart from, say, the average person “turned on” by artificial vaginas, is his scientific and technological pedigree. He has won the Loebner prize (an annual competition to determine which chat software is most realistic) in two separate decades, a feat only he has accomplished.
The inspiration for “Love and Sex With Robots” came while Levy was researching his previous work, “Robots Unlimited.” He stumbled upon a quote from a young man in 1984 in which he explains his relationship with his computer to those with women.
“That quotation hit me like a brick wall,” Levy said. “I thought — if a smart guy could think like that in 1984, I wonder how much the concept of human-computer emotional relationships has developed since then.”
According to Levy and other colleagues: a lot. Levy’s colleague Adrian Cheok believes that sex and love with robots will eventually become the new social norm, mimicking the pervasiveness of cellphones.
Levy and Cheok are currently developing a sophisticated “chat agent” — “I-Friends” — that employs cutting-edge technology that will enable it respond to natural human language and speech.
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