Anything you can do, I can do better.


  • Toyota has succeeded in designing robots with the dexterity to play the violin and the trumpet. Here is a video of the violin-robot, and here is a video of the trumpet robot which shifts from foot to foot while playing. The robots are 5 feet tall and white. USA today politely commented: "Compared to a virtuoso, its rendition was a trifle stilted and, well, robotic."
  • Taking things a step further, David Levy of the University of Maastricht predicts that by 2050, humans will be able to have sex with, and marry robots. He predicts that Massachusetts will be the first state to legalize human-robot marriages and compares the it to interracial and same-sex marriages. He also sees marriage to robots being attractive to "shy," "ugly" or "unpleasant" people. Levy predicts that these robots could cut down on pedophilia and human prostitution. Levy says: ""Once you have a story like 'I had sex with a robot, and it was great!' appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I'd expect many people to jump on the bandwagon. . .Love and sex with robots are inevitable. . .The question is not if this will happen, but when." Levy's next paper is on the ethical treatment of robots with regards to sex and love. Source

4 comments:

Fluffy said...

*snorts* Weirdos.

R.E.H. said...

I think I'll pass on the robot-sex idea... I might marry one, if I can program it to cook my meals and clean the house... ;)

odd facts said...

r.e.h: I wouldn't mind a robot that could play the violin on command too.

fluffy: THE fluffy. The fluffy that I know?! If so, "You came!!" If not, "hello."

Sandy Kessler said...

sex with robotos huh. My mind is going many places..!!