Sohail Mirza, standing in for Peter.

Who loves them some robot?

Who wants to be mah wifey?!Oh my Lord.

Yep, the age of robotic companionship is upon us.  Given advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, and not to mention expanded definitions of marriage, it seems inevitable.

Robot spouses are hardly going to become the norm — indeed they remain an anomaly at the moment (unless you know something I don’t!) — but I can certainly see the allure for a certain category of people.  Perhaps those who may find it difficult to relate to other people, or find the prospect of real human relationships too risky.

Frankly, I’m somewhat disturbed by Zoltan’s story.  It speaks to me of someone who finds real emotional contact with a human being too difficult.  As well, this is damning indictment of society at large in that we’ve been unable to help those who are emotionally repressed or fragile.

I’m sure there are those that would readily disagree with my opinion here.  After all, why shouldn’t everyone be able to do what they want and what they’re comfortable with?

I have to think that human beings gain the most satisfaction from accomplishment, and especially emotional accomplishment.  There is nothing more emotionally satisfying than a fantastic relationship, and especially with one’s spouse.

I’m sure this is going to become a more contentious and fascinating issue as technology advances, so feel free to sound off in the comments with your own opinion.

(Via digg)

Written by Sohail Mirza

March 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Society, Technology

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