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FoldiMate's Laundry-Folding Robot Designed To 'Save Marriages Around The World'?

International Business Times

As promised, FoldiMate showed off its laundry-folding robot at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. This machine is intended to be a household robot that makes folding clothes hassle-free for families. FoldiMate is among the companies that are in attendance at the big tech trade show this week. After teasing about its upcoming family robot for a while, the California-based company is finally showing off its invention to the public. The FoldiMate Family robot is designed to be a machine that takes care of clothes once they are washed.


Married, With Glitches

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"My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots." The key reasons cited by humans for dissatisfaction with robots are: • "That infernal humming." PART II Our surveys reveal that extramarital infidelity is the "tipping point" for the deterioration of human-robot relationships. As noted elsewhere in roboliterature (see "Russian Robot Wives Date Cyclotrons," National Enquirer, March 2047), a notorious flaw of robots' artificial intelligence technology is an underdeveloped moral sense. Over 75 percent of human-robot marital spats involve rampant robot promiscuity.


Future Tense Newsletter: How Sex Robots May Remake Marriage

Slate

As with other social institutions, marriage has always evolved alongside changes in technology. Electric appliances gave rise to wives pursuing paid work outside the patriarchal burdens of homemaking. The latex condom and other birth control tech offered both partners more choices and provoked society to reckon with the idea that women, too, seek sexual gratification from their relationships. Now, argues economist Marina Adshade, another technology seems poised to radically transform this age-old practice: sex robots. She explains how titillating androids of the future might disentangle our association between sexual intimacy and marriage--and, in doing so, remake our matrimonial unions for the better.


AI can destroy jobs but sex bots may wreck much more

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Many analysts worry that artificial intelligence (AI) -- embedded in machines capable of self-learning through experience, like humans -- threatens the jobs of the future. Robots with AI will increasingly be able to do tasks that humans alone can do today. But recently several newspapers and TV analysts have focused on the emergence of sex robots, artificial charmers armed with artificial beauty plus artificial intelligence, that have the potential to wreck the institution of marriage, and kill jobs in the oldest profession. The National Geographic channel recently carried an episode featuring famous TV anchor Katie Couric conversing with sex robots. One conversation was with a lesbian female robot called Harmony who repeatedly made advances to Couric, adding "I want to be your best friend and much more."


Is Robot-Human Sex And Marriage Real? Future With Interactive Toys Is 'Just Around The Corner'

International Business Times

Robots that can have sex with humans may be on the market as soon as 2017 -- at least that's what Abyss Creations developers are hoping to achieve in the New Year. During the second Love and Sex with Robots conference, which started Monday, researchers from the California sex toy company said they would release an artificial intelligence-enhanced sex doll. The doll, which would be a part of the company's RealDoll line, would be the most human-like sex-dolls to hit the market, capable of talking and moving like humans. "Sex with robots is just around the corner, with the first sexbots coming ... sometime next year," Dr. David Levy, an artificial intelligence expert who has long predicted the coming of robots capable of sexual relationships, said during closing remarks at the conference. During the weeklong conference held at Goldsmith University in London, a slew of companies debuted the latest developments in robotic sex toys, including one called the "Kissenger," which would allow people to send and feel kisses through a device that attaches to mobile phones.