A leading expert in artificial intelligence, David Levy argues that the entities we once deemed cold and mechanical will soon become the objects of real companionship and human desire. He shows how automata have evolved and how human interactions with technology have changed over the years. Levy explores many aspects of human relationships—the reasons we fall in love, why we form emotional attachments to animals and virtual pets, and why these same attachments could extend to love for robots. Levy also examines how society's ideas about what constitutes normal sex have changed—and will continue to change—as sexual technology becomes increasingly sophisticated.
Shocking, eye-opening, provocative, and utterly convincing, Love and Sex with Robots is compelling reading for anyone with an open mind.
Theirs is a world of instant molecular restructuring of matter, of people without need for sleep, free of all presently known diseases, capable of implanting complete memory systems, of altering humans to survive in any environment, on any planet. It is a time when time is meaningless, when human life is created outside the uterus, and death is a dispensation from Foxcroft, not a natural result or individual right.
Into this time and this world, restored, reborn from their cryogenic capsules by now highly sophisticated techniques, come a man and a woman from the twentieth century. Their very human story involves the drama of their sudden awakening into a world they never made or expected. Theirs also, in a very new world, is a very old story about a man and a woman in love.
The 12 revised papers presented together with 2 keynotes were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 83 submissions.
One of the biggest challenges of the Love and Sex with Robots conference is to engage a wider scientific community in the discussions of the multifaceted topic, which has only recently established itself as an academic research topic within, but not limited to, the disciplines of artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, robotics, biomedical science and robot ethics etc.