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My Living Doll

Back in the 1960s there was a TV show, My Living Doll, about a psychologist who takes care of a sexy female robot Rhonda, played by Julie Newmar. The gynoid is created by a military scientist Dr. Miller who gets transferred to Pakistan but before leaving he gives the gynoid to his friend Bob Macdonald whose Job is to educate the female robot. Bob has to do this while maintaining secrecy regarding the identity of the robot and also making sure that his neighbor keep away from her. Wikipedia notes that “According to The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, My Living Doll is the source of the science fiction phrase “Does not compute” in popular culture.” This was one of the earliest shows which (implicitly) explored theme of sexuality between a gynoid and humans. The show lasted only one season although it seemed to have a lot going for it. The main problem was that it was up against Bonanza which had the same timeslot. In a way number six of Battlestar Galactica is the descendant of Rhonda, metaphorically speaking of course.

Love and Sex with Robots by David Levy: An Introduction

The most famous book on this subject is Love and Sex with Robots by David Levy. In this book David Levy considers the basis and implications of relations between humans and robots in the not so distant future. He compares this phenomenon with how humans fall in love with other humans, make bonds with other animals even inanimate objects like their cars. While many of the themes discussed in the book may seem like far fetched science fiction, some of the things discussed in the book are already becoming a reality e.g., the existence of primitive sex dolls, elderly people forming bonds with their robotic pets etc. The era of human-machine relations may not be as far off as we may think! In the coming weeks I will also be posting various reviews of the book along with interviews of David Levy from different sources.

First Word

The blog has its origins in my interest in the current and future possibilities of amicable relationships between machines (specifically robots) and humans. Thus the focus is not on the possibility of sex between humans and robots but rather on the possibility affection between the two. While David Levy has posited the possibility of love, sex and even marriage between humans and robots in the not so distant future, we at “Till Malfunction Do Us Part” are a little more cautious regarding love and marriage and would like to wait and see technology develop a bit more before making any predictions about the future. Thus we will explore subjects like how people can form bonds between their robotic pets, the possibility of sex with human like robots and comment on the blurring line between reality and possibility. So stay tuned as we explore this interesting and fascinating topic. Suggestion regarding stories are encouraged. Welcome to the blog carbon based bi-pedal mammals!


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