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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!

Fredric Brown’s Answer

Some science fiction writers have somewhat amusingly noted that given that machines or rather intelligent machines may one day become too powerful for humans so that the relationship between them may be reversed. Fredric Brown explores such a theme in his famous short science fiction story, Answer. Here is the complete text.

Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.
He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe — ninety-six billion planets — into the supercircuit that would connect them all into one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.
Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions. Then after a moment’s silence he said, “Now, Dwar Ev.”
Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets. Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.
Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath. “The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn.”
“Thank you,” said Dwar Reyn. “It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer.”
He turned to face the machine. “Is there a God?”
The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.
“Yes, now there is a God.”
Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch.
A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.

(Fredric Brown, “Answer”)

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.


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