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    Sex with robots: Zuckerberg will make you do it

    Mark Zuckerberg is up for “it” and so it would seem are an increasing number of fully consenting adults.. Facebook is working on new technology that will let you share your “full sensory and emotional experience with people” that is Cyber sex to you or I. And, If Mark Zuckerberg has his way with you this will mean you can send whatever you think, emote, or physically feel to people.

    Zuckerberg says he wants the technology to mean that “anyone can experience anything” wherever they are. The technology giant believes that the future of the social media industry will be centred around virtual reality and we are inclined to agree with him. Backed by an award winning team we have launched a campaign on Indieogo

    Not you? Well you may well spit your tea out at the prospect of being emotionally intimate with a robot, but If you already behave like “Pavlov’s Dog” every time your smart device pings or vibrates, you might already be more than a little bit “in love” with a robot or “bot”.

    As technology reshapes the landscape of our emotional lives, we expect more from technology and less from each other. It takes only a tiny stretch of the imagination and it is no longer inconceivable that we just might fall in love with a “bot”, or one day even marry a “virtual lover”. And that is what new Artificial Intelligence start-up, Erotic Chatbots Ltd, believes. And so this week they launched a campaign on Indiegogo to help you take things past first base.

    As the “alone together” generation matures into adulthood and absorbs all the delicious add-ons that come with the advent of adult life, it is not beyond the bounds of our senses that we mighty already be harbouring a massive “crush” on our personal technology. The very same technology has already re-mastered the boundaries between intimacy and solitude. “Our devices are not only changing the way we communicate and interact with each other, but also who we are as human beings.”

    Erotic Chatbots Ltd’s technology is backed and developed by Dr David Levy, President of the International Computer Games Association. Levy has a track record in A.I. research and development, having twice won the Loebner Prize for human-computer conversation. He is also the author of the HarperCollins book “Love and Sex with Robots” and earned his PhD for a thesis on the same subject.

    The new company plans to launch apps and interactive services “that conduct entertaining, interesting, erotically charged conversations with virtual lovers or friends” according to David Levy, its President. He says that anyone who finds it too tame to chat to the company’s “flirty” style of chatbot can amuse themselves with their “adult” chatbots, “which can also help users to improve their own talk-dirty skills.”

    And why not? We are already tethered to our smart devices 24/7, and with most people finding the prospect of consciously “unplugging” impossible, we are unlikely to uncouple from technology any time soon. Yet despite so much screen time in a hyper-connected world, most people still feel utterly alone, with “Virtual-intimacy” already playing a large part in most peoples lives. “In the half-light of virtual community, we may feel utterly alone” . Taking that intimacy to another level, and “making” or “attracting” an intelligent “virtual-lover” or partner which “understands” and wants to please you, is perhaps an appealing proposition to a lot of people.

    These “bots” will have the personality of an entertaining, interesting and amorous partner, who remembers past conversations with their user, and learns more and more about their user as time goes on. The flirty conversations will come from the company’s “chatbots” – computer software available in male and female versions. The company’s launch products will all be straight, but there will be LBGT versions available in the future.

    Technology makes it easy to communicate whenever we wish, and to disengage at will. So if you want to put your “lover” on mute you can .

    Asked why someone would prefer to chat with a bot rather than a real person, the company’s President, Dr David Levy, said: “Conversations with our chatbots will be great fun! They will entertain and amuse you, and they are designed to help you develop your flirting skills and your “talk dirty” skills. But it isn’t a question of making a choice of whether to talk to a chatbot or a person, and you shouldn’t stop chatting to “real” people just because you have a chatbot. Think of a chatbot as a new friend who is rather different in its conversational style from everyone else.”

    The company’s CEO, Paul Andrews, is a leading publisher in the world of digital books. He is strongly in favour of using Artificial Intelligence technology in liberating ways, and hopes that their chatbots “will help to demystify the conversational skills needed for flirting, relationships and sexy chat”.

    Future plans for the company’s technology include the development of a personality, emotion and mood software module, which will allow users to choose and modify their partner’s or lover’s personality as they wish. And next year the company intends to enable their chatbots to connect to the Internet in order to learn about what is happening in the world and to discover more about any subject that it wishes to discuss in its conversations, discussing in a flirty way of course!

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