Same-sex marriage were unthinkable a few years back and as the world is in the process of legalising this, a new phenomena has started making headlines – human-robot marriage.
Humans will be able to tie the knot with robots by middle of the century – this is the prediction by David Levy, author of a book on human-robot love, at the second ‘Love and Sex with Robots’ conference which was recently held in London. Though this whole human-robot marriage may be unthinkable and too far flung, robots that humans can have sex with have long been in the pipeline.
Adrian Cheok, a computing professor at City University London and director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, believes that the prediction is outrageous and that it won’t likely happen considering that it is only 35 years away.
“But 35 years ago people thought homosexual marriage was outrageous,” says Cheok, who also spoke at the conference. Cheok also points out how some states didn’t allow white and black people to marry each other until 1970s. This effectively means that societies progress and change rapidly and if the pace of this change continues, who knows robot-human marriage could turn out to be a reality.
Professor Cheok is of the opinion that human-robot marriage could be a good thing that it will resolve the issue of unhappy marriages that many people face. Many people assume that everyone can fall in love, tie the knot, have sex, but Cheok points out that’s not the case as many do not get married and those who do aren’t always happy.
“Compared to a bad marriage, a robot will be better than a human.” Cheok says.
“It could be that we are so busy with our lives, we are so embedded in our technological narrative that the idea of engaging in long-distance sex and robot sex is actually a natural process in our evolutionary cycle,” said Dr. Trudy Barber from Portsmouth University.