Humans could marry robots within the century. And consummate those vows.
“My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots,” artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience. Levy recently completed his Ph.D. work on the subject of human-robot relationships, covering many of the privileges and practices that generally come with marriage as well as outside of it.
At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, “but once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon,” Levy said.
And the best part?
Levy predicts Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize human-robot marriage. “Massachusetts is more liberal than most other jurisdictions in the United States and has been at the forefront of same-sex marriage,” Levy said. “There’s also a lot of high-tech research there at places like MIT.”
Here I discuss it with the Cap’n:
garfcp: “If you ask me if every human will want to marry a robot, my answer is ….[waaiit for it…]… probably not.”
garfcp: I’m crying a little bit inside right now
Beebomancer: note we didn’t ask the robots how they feel about marrying fleshbags
garfcp: an outlet for criminal sexual urges. “If you have pedophiles and you let them use a robotic child, …….ahh!!
garfcp: So, as a citizen of Massachusetts, how do you feel about funding healthcare for domestic robot partners?
Beebomancer: Oh I don’t have any thoughts about things like that. You’ll have to ask my gay husband XM-393.
garfcp: whoa there! I said nothing about funding for GAY robot marriage benefits.. I’m a fundamentalist, you know!
Beebomancer: we must act to protect the sanctity of robomarriage
garfcp: “sanctity of robomarriage”.. wow…
garfcp: now there’s a concept
garfcp: and now we’re going to have to change all our documents and laws and stuff so that they include not just “heterosexual” and “homosexual”, but also “robosexual” and homorobosexual and hobosexual.. er, no wait! not that last one.
garfcp: Nobody wants to have sex with hobos.
garfcp: Not even other hobos.
garfcp: But, according to this scholarly article, everyone MIGHT want to have sex with robots.
garfcp: There’s no telling, really..
garfcp: Can’t say for sure.
Beebomancer: the tests are inconclusive
Beebomancer: after all, we don’t know how smokin’ hott these robots are
garfcp: as are the ones where we see if the pedophiles will molest less or *more* real kids after having sex with robot kids.
garfcp: “More research is necessary”!
garfcp: “Whoops! Sorry kids!”
Beebomancer: “Since the robots don’t exist, we have to extrapolate based on the number of current people who enjoy doing it with toasters.”
garfcp: “As of press date, there is a line of priests and boy scout troop leaders lined up around the block outside the MIT robotics lab..”
Folks, we grow ever closer to the dream.