They are computer programs you can hold a conversation with.Last week, a Japanese company called Gatebox opened pre-orders for a new breed of virtual assistant.And while checking your phone–or even using it to enhance your technique–in the sack is one thing, surely no one but a pervert would ever sleep with a real sexbot, right? A You Gov/Huffington Post survey of 1,000 US adults found that a whopping 9% of them admitted they would have sex with a robot if they could.
Regardless, it does demonstrate a willingness among people–especially youth–to allow technology into their most intimate moments.And it’s these people who are the reason why “smart” vibrators like the Vibease, which sets its speed according to cues from spoken erotic e-books, are finding an increasing marketplace among a population that is growing ever more comfortable–even intimate–with technology. NET Framework, uses text-to-speech, speech recognition, vision with a webcam, has programmable calendar tasks, customizable commands, the A. is now more than a neural network - it is a "reasoning network", more of a fully simulated central nervous system with components like a Hippocampus, Lateral Geniculate Nucleus, or Putamen, settings such as Dopamine levels, and injectors to temporarily expose the A. Anna is a chatbot designed to pass the Turing Test - having a human judge incapable of telling that the bot they are chatting to is not human. Desktop and i Phone versions available for download.Even more insidiously, these users manipulated Tay to harass their human targets; technologist Randi Harper, for instance, found Tay AI tweeting abusive language at her that was being fed to the chatbot by someone she'd long ago blocked. The treatment of Tay AI and so many other feminine bots and virtual assistants shows us how men would want to behave, to service professionals in general and women in particular, if there were no consequences for their actions. It seems that our culture is unable to grapple with the concept of sapient computers without fear of our own destruction.
The reason, I'd contend, lies in the word itself, the seed of guilt which manifests in all these "robots will kill us all" stories. The i OS "personal assistant" Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, and the voice of your GPS (a subject of so many nagging wife/girlfriend jokes), all seem to follow in a grand tradition of fem-bots; robots with distinctly feminine features who reflect back to us various notions of idealized womanhood, whether in chrome, hard light, or synthetic skin.
Yes, it’s icky (If that sounds like a stretch, just look at the bleak promotional video Gatebox released last Tuesday.
It begins as a Gatebox/Hikari wakes a young man, informs him of the weather, and gets him to work on schedule.
("FUCK MY ROBOT PUSSY DADDY I'M SUCH A BAD NAUGHTY ROBOT" was perhaps her most widely reported quote.) Needless to say, this wasn't part of Tay's original design. As Laurie Penny explained in a recent article, the popularity of feminine-gendered AI makes sense in a world where women still aren't seen as fully human. R tells what is, by now, a familiar story: Humans create robots to take over all mundane labor, which works fine until these slave automata develop sapience, at which point they revolt and destroy the human race.
Rather, a gaggle of malicious Twitter users exploited that design -- which has Tay repeat and learn from whatever users tell her -- to add this language to her suite of word choices. But these machines also reflect the rise of the service economy, which relies on emotional labor that's performed by women, with a "customer is always right" ethos imposed upon the whole affair. This play, by definition the first work about robots, set the pattern for a century's worth of cliches about the Robot Uprising -- from silent cinema to HAL9000 to synthy 80s pop to .
Anna is a fork of ALICE, which won the competition in 20.