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Robot Sex Touts!

The city government in Osaka prohibited touts for other soliciting people. It is prohibited by law to lure people towards prostitutes or other illicit sexual activity. So what do the owners of the sex clubs do? Create Robot Touts of course!

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NYU Student Invents Girlfriend

I should have figured that it would not be long before someone would come up with this idea. Here is the complete story and the original link.

You work late. Like, every night. You probably screwed up your last steady relationship, and, well, maybe there’s no one to curl up next to in bed when you stumble in the door at night. Drew Burrows knows the feeling. “I’m in this grad program right now, and it’s totally consuming,” he said. “I come home every night to an empty bed.” So Burrows, 28, engineered (literally) a solution, which he unveiled to the public last night at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring Show at Tisch School of the Arts.

It’s simple to behold — a single mattress, tucked into a dark, curtained back room of the showcase space. On it: a lithe brunette. She’s perfectly quiet, but once you sit or lie down, she responds to your every move. Lie on your back, she snuggles up right next to you in a log position. Curl up in the fetal position, she spoons. The only hitch: She’s 2-D. “Yeah, you can’t feel the girl. That’s the thing,” Burrows explained as he demonstrated his invention, an “infrared sensitive” light projection (meaning it reacts, and the projected woman moves, based on an infrared sensor) called INBED. “Still, it’s so nice if you’re tired and worn out to have someone to curl up with.”

As for satisfying those not-so-innocent late-night desires, this lady adheres to her role as steady girlfriend. Give her kiss on the check and she rolls over and buries her face in the pillow. And yes, she stays fully clothed at all times. Nonetheless, Burrows suggests his new alternative to a full-body pillow or (ugh) blow-up doll could provide late-night comfort for traders, lawyers, or any other single guy in Manhattan who simply works too hard to keep a girlfriend. Speaking of, how long has Burrows been single?

“Long enough to come up with this idea,” he sighed. —Christine Lagorio

Robot Love – Cartoons

See more at http://toast.nonfiction.org/0044/

Best Robot Love Stories

The Wired Magazine has a run down of the top 10 science fiction love stories. They range from the newly released Wall-E to the Classic Blade Runner to Japanese Surrealist movie I.K.U Conspicuously missing was Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence. While I was not surprised to see the inclusion of somewhat complicated relationship between Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six, I just that they should have waited a bit for this since the relationship between the too is bound to get even more complicated as Six seem to have something going on with Colonel Tigh. Anyway check out the compete article at Wired. By the way the first sentence is really catchy.

When cute trash compactor Wall-E first lays eyes on Eve, a flying, laser-gun-equipped fembot, it’s binary love at first pixel.

Thanks to Hulleye Comes By for the pointer.


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