The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The Guardian has a fascinating article, along with a video that is actually interesting and informative instead of being simply clickbait.

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

Some highlights:

Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company’s hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll. The Realbotix room where she was assembled was lined with varnished pine surfaces covered with wires and circuit boards, and a 3D printer whirred in the corner, spitting out tiny, intricate parts that will be inserted beneath her PVC skull. Her hazel eyes darted between me and her creator, Matt McMullen, as he described her accomplishments.

Harmony is the culmination of 20 years’ work making sex dolls, and five years of robot research and development. McMullen’s customers want something as lifelike as possible – it’s his brand’s USP. After his team had made their silicone and steel dolls as “human” as they could, the way ahead began to feel inevitable, irresistible: they would animate them, giving them personality and bringing them to life.

The major breakthrough of McMullen’s prototype is artificial intelligence that allows it to learn what its owner wants and likes. It will be able to fill a niche that no other product in the sex industry currently can: by talking, learning and responding to her owner’s voice, Harmony is designed to be as much a substitute partner as a sex toy.

And for people who don’t believe that “The Internet Was Made for Porn”, there’s this:

If a domestic service humanoid is ever developed, it will be as a result of the market for sex robots. Online pornography pushed the growth of the internet, transforming it from a military invention used by geeks and academics to a global phenomenon. Pornography was the motivator behind the development of streaming video, the innovation of online credit card transactions and the drive for greater bandwidth.

And here’s where some people start having ethical problems.

He has never considered that there could be something emotionally empty about replacing a human presence with circuitry and silicone. “The purpose of True Companion is to provide unconditional love and support. How could there be anything negative about that? What can be the downside of having a robot that’s there to hold your hand, literally and figuratively?”

The idea of sex robots have been around for ages, but now that they are actually on the horizon, I can imagine that there will be more of these articles and conversations.

It’s a long article, and the accompanying video is about 15 minutes, which covers some more background. I found it well worth the time, if you like the “science meets culture” kinds of things.

I, for one, welcome our new robot dominatrix overlords.

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People don’t read anymore, do they?

I usually browse Tumblr on my phone, which, for whatever reason, does not show the new Messages feature. Anyway, at lunch (yes, when you handle the IT, you do those NSFW things) I had an occasion to open Tumblr on my PC, and saw I had a bunch of messages – including one that I just had to share.

This is from “Shevkes”, otherwise known as “Your Keyholder,” who sports the motto: “Training men in sexless marriages, sissies, and boi’$ to submit to the cage. Tribute required.”



Here’s how  it went down:

Show me your cage, post to your page and tag me . I will give you your schedule tomorrow. What is your longest lock time?
Last Sunday at 2:53 AM
You don’t have a cage but you want one. I will pick one for you
Today at 12:48 PM
Yeah, you don’t really know who you’re messaging, do you?

I doubt that I’ll hear back, but if I do, I’ll let you know.

Anyway, I’ve already got a bunch of chastity devices; I really don’t need any more. Well, maybe one more…

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Sexual Economics

The blog “To Love, Honor, and Vacuum” has an  interesting article up today:

What’s the “Price” of Sex in Your Marriage? An Economist’s Look at Sex

I know, you read the word “economist” and started to doze off. It’s actually a light-hearted look at how there are different factors that affect how often we do (or don’t) enjoy some sexual intimacy in our relationships.

Basic economics tells us that the “price” of something is where the demand for it intersects with the supply of it. The demand for something tends to increase when the price drops, while the supply tends to decrease when the price drops.

But what determines how much of a product will actually be supplied at each point? The cost of the inputs. So if you were making ice cream, for instance, and the price of milk dropped, then the supply line would shift, and the price of ice cream would decrease.

What does this mean for sex?

It means that if the cost of sex gets too high, then you’ll have less sex.

No, no – wake up. The cost of inputs is the important part, except that maybe you know it as “how much of a bother is this going to be?”

I’m not going to inflict the article on you, but I am going to list the top ten inputs that she identified as possible issues. While this article is aimed at women, the more astute men reading this can take some cues and apply it to their own life.

1. Having a place to make love

2. Having time to make love

3. Having physical energy

4. Feeling physically well

5. Feeling emotionally replenished

6. Feeling mentally calm

7. Feeling good about your body

8. Feeling emotionally close to your husband

9. Trusting your husband

10. Enjoying your husband’s scent

The blog is mainly written for Christian wives (and there is a companion blog for the husbands ), so some of my kinkier friends (which is probably most of you) may do a little eye rolling. But I’ve seen some overlap in some areas, and I have to admit that much of the blog covers how to be more intimate in one’s marriage.

Anyhow, if you have time, look through it.

I’m thinking that somebody is going to get a much higher – or lower? – return on investment than they anticipated.

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Spiritually bound

Tumblr has begun some soft advertising lately, which means that it picks things that it thinks you might have an interest in and throws posts at you, with suggestions that you follow that person.

For reasons that I found amusing, here’s what Tumblr thought would be a good blog for me to follow:


Now, I’m not going to judge this guy. I mean, it’s all cool that he wants to follow some religious rules that are, in some some ways, every bit as convoluted as Gor play.

It’s just that he uses the term “degenerate” like it’s a bad thing…


And who knows, maybe some Catholic play would do me some good.


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The Naked Truth About Desire Smuggling – asking for what you want

I just stumbled across this blog today, and although I should be clearing up things at my desk at work, I’m taking a few minutes to pass this fantastic bit of information along because it dovetails with the all-too-often theme of “How do I get my partner to…?”

The author talks about “Desire Smuggling:”

Desire Smuggling: Hiding what you really want from yourself and/or a loved one, then, finding cover strategies to get (at least pieces of) what you want.

Why do we do this?

We do it to stay safe. It’s a reasonable response to a toxic environment of shame and judgment.

And what does Desire Smuggling look like?

Desire is persistent and will not be denied. When it doesn’t feel safe to want what you want, you will try to get it anyway. Here are some things you might do:

  • Expect telepathy
  • Make wishes
  • Fake spontaneity
  • Get drunk/high to remove inhibitions
  • Hint
  • Ask if the other person wants the thing you want
  • Rationalize cost/benefit
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Send articles about the thing
  • Give statistics about the thing
  • Say “people like…” (instead of owning it yourself)
  • Try to convince
  • Try to get the other person to say it
  • Complain that you don’t get it
  • Be “nice” and hope to be rewarded
  • Make unspoken deals
  • Issue ultimatums
  • Emotional blackmail
  • Tack on obligation to a “gift”
  • Minimize by saying “just” or “only”
  • Guilt-trip
  • Be passive-aggressive
  • Blame
  • Want the other person to guess
  • Wait for the right time
  • Wait for a sign
  • Buy into a romance myth (“If you really loved me…”)
  • Assume they should “just know”
  • Withhold
  • Force
  • Non-consensual taking
  • Be macho
  • Be loud and bombastic
  • Punish your partner for not giving it to you
  • Attack/judge someone asking for what you want
  • Attack/judge someone getting what you want
  • Look for other, less-scary places to get it
  • Shame yourself for having that desire
  • Shame others with the same desire
  • Avoid it altogether
  • Make sugar-coated demands
  • Compromise
  • “Purchase” it by doing other things
  • Get needs met without owning them
  • Tell a story about the thing desire
  • Martyr yourself in hopes of getting it
  • Substitute something else
  • Don’t explore internal dissonance
  • Bully
  • Criticize after the fact
  • Spiritually bypass
  • Settle
  • Play options roulette (where one option is the one you want)

More good stuff on this blog by Marcia B.

Seriously, click around – it’s definitely worth your time.

Source: The Naked Truth About Desire Smuggling – asking for what you want

Of course, sometimes your partner has already figured out what you want and is not happy about it.

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