And lets not forget that a walking, talking sexbot of the future wouldn’t just be good for those with more eclectic sexual tastes, but such robots could also be non-sexual companions to the old, lonely, or physically handicapped–especially ones that have an AI that is so sensitive it can detect and reply in innuendo. It drives a lot of what we do, and influences a large part of our world outside of the bedroom.Negobot is a brilliant example of the merging of sex and tech. It’s why some men seek high-paying, high-status jobs.This is where it gets interesting, because while most people would say the use of a smart vibrator (which is essentially a “dumb” robot) would not constitute cheating, the You Gov/Huffington Post survey revealed 42% of respondents said sex with a robot be cheating (while 31% said it wouldn’t, and 26% were not sure).To put that another way: Sex with a vibrator = not cheating.That means, essentially, that Negobot treats conversations as a game, with the objective of gathering as much potential evidence of pedophilic tendencies as possible.And it’s the use of “game theory” that makes Negobot so impressive–and so much more than just an app. It will chat to strangers in a chat room about ordinary subjects, but once a stranger starts speaking in innuendo or overt sexual overtones, Negobot goes into game mode, tagging the chatter as “possibly pedophile.” Here it will start “revealing” personal details any 14-year-old girl might bring up: problems with siblings or school, life at home, boys.If the chatter continues along sexual lines of conversation, Negobot tags that chatter as “allegedly pedophile” and goes into full-on gaming mode.Now Negobot will try to titillate that chatter to keep them talking as long as possible–and hopefully get them to reveal personal details about themselves and agree to a meetup.
The software, officially called Negobot–but now colloquially referred to as a “Virtual Lolita”–appears to be the first AI that accurately mimics an adolescent.It’s absolutely vital that you don’t cross a line into entrapment which will foil any potential prosecution”, he said.That’s not to say I don’t think Negobot shouldn’t be used at all.And it will be those sexbots that can quantify and understand our needs and desires that will raise the most interesting human quandary of sex with tech: not mechanics, but ethics.Specifically, does sex with a robot that can understand our physical needs constitute cheating?