Sex Robot Samantha Upgraded With Moral Code

first_imgStay on target Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future “I ate too much dairy and now I am bloated,” said no sex robot ever.Just because your bang buddy is a slab of silicone and electronics doesn’t mean he or she is always in the mood.Smart sex doll Samantha has reportedly been upgraded with the power to say “no,” as demonstrated to a panel of “sexperts” at the Life Science Center in England.Samantha, built by Barcelona-based engineer Sergi Santos, listens, talks, sets the mood, and, ultimately, whips users into a frenzy.Modeled after what is apparently Santos’s ideal woman—enormous breasts, teeny waist, gaunt limbs, mermaid-esque hair—the intelligent cyborg “likes” to be touched on the arms, hips, chest, and face.But she’s no pushover: Samantha requires a bit of wining and dining before you can get in her pants (er, removable vagina). Even directly massaging the doll’s built-in G-spot doesn’t work unless she feels appropriately romanced.But catch her with a headache, exhaustion, low hormone levels, or during the early stages of menopause, and you may as well grab the lotion and a box of tissues.Actually, the doll’s sensors—which allow her to purr like a kitten and whisper sweet nothings—can now detect when touching becomes too aggressive or disrespectful. If Samantha feels harassed, she simply shuts down, leaving the user with an unresponsive, gaping mannequin.Some might consider this a step toward awareness and empathy in the #MeToo era: Santos has given Samantha a voice to express herself. But low libido or not, there is nothing to stop customers (largely male) from forcing themselves onto the bot—even if she refuses. After all, how much damage can a pair of motionless arms and legs do?Kathleen Richardson, a professor of ethics and culture of robots and AI at De Montfort University, is less than impressed with Samantha’s latest skill.Founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots, Richardson branded the bot “an extension of pornography and prostitution,” according to the Daily Mail. She said it is “a waste of money which could be spent on better things.”I’ll bet Santos, who claims the sex doll helps maintain his 16-year marriage with Martisa Kissamitaki, disagrees.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more