French woman Lilly wants to marry her robot. 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 "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.
Two lovers hold hands across a table, overlooking a virtual vista of the Mediterranean. As the pair exchange sweet nothings, the fact they are actually sitting thousands of miles apart bears little significance on the romantic experience. The couple was deemed "hyper-compatible" by online dating technology that matched them using a search engine infused with artificial intelligence (AI). Using data harvested about their social backgrounds, sexual preferences, cultural interests, and even photos of their celebrity crushes, they were thrust together in a virtual reality of their own design. This technology is in the early stages of development.
The International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, a relatively niche academic symposium in its 15th year, is embroiled in a white-hot controversy over its keynote speaker: Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist and founding member of the right-wing publication Breitbart. According to the conference organizer, Bannon--who has no academic background in computer science or interactive design but whose policy ideas have been embraced by white nationalists--will give a speech about how he believes "economic nationalism" will allow for a higher number of minorities to get jobs in sectors like computer science and gaming. The conference, also known as ACE, is scheduled to take place at the University of Montana in December. Since Bannon was added to the conference's roster last week, academics, scholarly associations, and university departments around the world have called for boycotting the conference, including the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University, the Canadian Game Studies Association, and the Australian Digital Games Research Association. "Nothing of what Bannon can say represents the ACE community, or the games research community at large. His is a marginal discourse that should stay where it is, marginalized. And that's why we ask our community to #boycottACE," Miguel Angel Sicart, a games, art and interactive design researcher at the IT University of Copenhagen, told WIRED in an email.
From techno-sheepdogs to android bedfellows, the promise of robotics and the lure of artificial intelligence appears to know no bounds. But will we ever be able to have a proper natter with a robot? And just what will they look like? Now is your chance to find out. Experts will be sharing the latest news in a series of talks and demos under the banner of the New Age of Robotics as part of Sheffield's wide-ranging Festival of the Mind, which starts on 18 September.
The sports fields are empty, the science labs closed. No babies have been born for years. Cut to a split screen of human and robots kissing passionately. "They're trapped!" says the narrator, voice like gravel. Words slam against the screen, a warning. Except Futurama's 2001 episode "I Dated a Robot", with its post-apocalyptic world of silvers and blues, wildly overestimated how long it would take before this fear became flesh. It's November 2015, and in Malaysia, where humidity is at 89% and it is almost certainly still raining, David Levy, a founder of the second annual Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, is free to talk on the phone – he is less busy than planned.