Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cue the "it's just like with my wife" punchline

Old people having sex is gross. But if you are under 35 don't worry, because experts say by the year 2050 randy seniors will be able to eschew geriatric skin slapping for carnal relations with perfectly proportioned robots. And that is really more creepy than it is gross.

By experts I mean one expert, artificial intelligence guru David Levy, who posits in his new book that by mid-century mankind will be "creating robots so lifelike, so imbued with human-seeming intelligence and emotions, as to be nearly indistinguishable from real people. And we'll have sex with these robots."

Robot sex won't just be for old people, of course. Levy predicts, in the not so distant future, between 20 and 50 percent of the entire human population will have at least one close encounter of the android kind.

But before there is too much excitement and w00ting it up over in the Battlestar Galactica chat room and on the island of Japan, remember this: Flying cars. Or the lack there of.

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