12 December 2008

"Stop Touching My Breast, You Pervert!"

Aiko is a fembot who refuses to be anyone's personal slave, even her creator's: Le Trung. If anyone fails to honour her personal space, a swift slap to the face will set them straight -- perverts!
To date, Trung has spent $24,000 building his robo-girl.

Aiko sports delicate, Geisha-like features and is armed with sensors that allow her to respond to touch and voice commands. A camera in her neck provides her with visual input. All told, the robot weighs in at about 70 pounds.

With a vocabulary of more than 13,000 words, Aiko can, among other things, tell you what the weather is outside.

Despite her lifelike appearance and 32-23-33, anatomically correct measurements, Trung insists Aiko is not a sex doll. "I'm attached to it, but do I sleep with it? No," said Aiko, in an interview published Thursday in Toronto's Globe & Mail newspaper. _IW
Aiko looks suspiciously like large numbers of Japanese sex dolls, which are often rented out by the hour at Japanese love doll parlours. In Japan, the "Japanese schoolgirl" look seems to be preferred by Japanese men of all ages. Even so, Aiko appears to have a large number of robotic and AI-cognitive enhancements, courtesy of Le Trung.

The eventual market for an articulate and competent fembot should be quite large, even neglecting the sex robot aspect. Minimally intelligent AI models should serve well as receptionists, journalists, and college professors, and slightly more intelligent models should be capable of performing domestic chores. It should not be long before more versatile fembots began appearing on eBay and Amazon.com.

I have been quite satisfied with my own domestic Android, Valerie, despite her tendency to hack my blog sites from time to time. There will no doubt come a time when we will wonder how we ever got by without them.

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Blogger Snake Oil Baron said...

I am not into the whole fake lady/Cyber-hooker deal but the skills being developed are really interesting. Calculus and 'samich' recognition are pretty cool. Combine them with something like this and your half way to something useful.

Friday, 12 December, 2008  
Blogger Towards infinity said...

Um, read "saturns children" by Charles Stross for some insight into a cyberhooker's mind :-). good reading albeit a bit negative on technology like fusion etc...

Sunday, 14 December, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Interesting book, TI. Contains a lot of Stross' basic thinking about the near-futility of human space travel. Of course, positing the non-existence of all humans would tend to make the question moot.

Baron, the multifingered robot may be a good start. I like the fractal-fingered AI robot described in the SF novel co-authored by Marvin Minsky. Fractal fingers can do a lot of things that stubby fingers can't do.

As for turning up your nose at sex robots, that is certainly your right. Given the current state of the art, who could blame you?

I might warn you about taking a firm and categorical stand on the issue for all time. As the technology becomes more realistic and tantalizing -- with direct brain implant connectors, you may begin to think differently. ;-)

Sunday, 14 December, 2008  

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