And for people worried their jobs might soon be gone, that might be scary -- but the threat could actually be much worse. It might affect our entire race. The modern-day dolls that not only look like women but have a similar feel, and they react like real people in conversations too. For those who find it's too hard to form a real relationship, will they just turn to a robot as a long-term solution? Armed with questions and recording equipment, my fear took me to Realbotixs in San Diego to meet Harmony, a robot with artificial intelligence (and a working vagina).
Futurists see a world, where one-day robots will be used for chores, from house cleaning, factory assembling, solving diagnostic tangles and conducting repairs, and personalized sex objects with startling artificial intelligence…. Yes, a near human being made out of essential rubber, who will satisfy you physically and mentally, unconditionally. And yes, you can love her, and she will love you back in return, with all the lust programmed into her silicone soul. And how do you ascertain, that she truly feels for you, cares about you, worries about you? Well, she will tell you.
This is Episode 6 of Real Future, Fusion's documentary series about technology and society. Matt McMullen is not a normal tech entrepreneur. He doesn't wear hoodies or talk about shipping code, he doesn't work in an airy industrial loft in San Francisco, and he's never raised venture capital from a firm on Sand Hill Road. But from his factory in San Marcos, California, McMullen has spent the last two decades working on a project that could change human interactions as much as any social networking app or biotech breakthrough. McMullen is the founder and CEO of Abyss Creations, maker of the RealDoll, a hyper-realistic silicone sex doll.
Gone are the days of sex dolls that barely resemble the human form and have less-than-appealing features. Today's models are fully customisable and will soon come with artificial intelligence. Australian sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein visited Los Angeles to explore a factory which specialises in the making of these new-age dolls. There she met the creators of'Harmony' and'Henry' - a breed of doll that has the makings of a robot and is AI-enhanced. 'Fundamentally [the doll] is for someone who is looking for a different form of companionship - that really summarises what most people have in their mind when they start looking at this,' said Matt McMullen on Sex & Life, Dr Goldstein's podcast.
Come January, the "Westworld" concept of lifelike sex robots will get one step closer. That's when a San Marcos company will unveil Harmony, an anatomically correct sex doll with a patented animatronic talking head with programmable personality and memory. News of creator Matt McMullen's latest invention -- he's been making lifelike silicone sex dolls for 20 years -- has created international media interest and a firestorm of criticism from ethicists and futurists who see a dark side to a sex doll that becomes more "human" with each technological innovation. One critic worries that the doll's artificial intelligence app could be hacked to make it kill its owner (like the vengeance meted out by sex robots in the film "Ex Machina" and TV show "Westworld"). And women's advocates say owners could realistically rehearse plans for violent sexual acts with the interactive dolls.