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Robots will love men

Robots will love men

Who has ever hoped to enter into a regular marriage with a robot (or a robot)? According to David Levy, an esteemed researcher in artificial intelligence at the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands), perhaps we need to think about it. “I predict that around 2050 the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction a legalize marriage with robots “Says the researcher.

The affirmation, certainly singular, has not passed unnoticed : who reports it is MSNBC, in turn picked up by Slahdot. Levy supports this hypothesis by accompanying it with numerous supporting arguments based on his thesis, entitled Intimate relationships with artificial partners.

“Massachusetts is a state more liberal of most other US jurisdictions and was a precursor the legalization of same-*** marriages, ”says Levy. “Also, in that area there is an air of high-tech research for example at MIT “.

Really amazing, geeky, some would say. But there are other arguments , rather solid, which according to Levy are to be brought in support of this future prediction. “Initially, having *** with a robot can be considered geeky, but not just a title in large letters how i had *** with a robot and it was awesome had appear in the right magazine I’m sure many would like to take… the same train ”, Levy winks, with obvious reference to… human weaknesses and a few hundred sci-fi books and films.

Not only that: the mechanism certainly brings to mind Greek mythology, to Pygmalion who falls in love with the statue of Aphrodite. Bringing it back to modern times, the MSNBC article continues, already 40 years ago scientists found that students sometimes stayed inexplicably attracted by ELIZA, a computer program designed to ask questions by tracing the action of a psychotherapist.

“If you look at the evolution of robots as a whole, it has gone from impersonal employment such as being supportive in repetitive and exhausting tasks, a much more evolved forms and less robotic: think of toys such as Sony’s Aibo and, subsequently, the various Tamagotchi ”. In his thesis, Levy therefore hypothesizes that in the near future the appearance of robots will become so similar to the human one, both in terms of appearance and habits and “personality”, as to automatically trigger the attraction.

Another fulcrum used by Levy to support the argument is the analogy with human psychological processes linked to the dynamics of relationships: “Psychologists have identified a dozen reasons because of which people fall in love and each of them it can also be applied to relationships human-robot. For example, similarities in personality and knowledge are one of those reasons and, in a robot, you can program them . Another is that of awareness of pleasure to the partner, and this too it is programmable “, He says.

Last year Henrik Christensen, founder of the European Robotics Research Network, predicted that people will have *** with robots within five years: Levy now believes this is very likely.

On the ethical profile, argues the singular researcher, there may be only advantages : from the decline in activities pedophile to the possibility of offering *** to criminals in prison and at the reduction of the prostitution . Levy concludes wisely: “At least in circumstances where the human will accept the robot, he will no longer be told I don’t feel like it, I have a headache, maybe tomorrow but rather, I don’t feel like it, I have a headache, use the robot “.

Marco Valerio Principality