For most, dolls were our first companions. Dolls give comfort, security, support, and more. Eventually, dolls have different meaning as we grow up. Simple robotics are adding unimaginable feats for dolls we hold dear. In this digital age, smartphones and apps are like personal robots. Robotic arms replace some humans on assembly line manufacturing. Some manufacturers are exploring driver-less cars. For a few adults, robots are emerging that fulfill social roles. Can these functionally human-like dolls further change western civilization as we know it? What are the benefits and consequences?
Dolls may have begun in pagan times as symbols and objects bound with ancient gods. Human-shaped dolls probably stretch back through thousands of years. Many young children grow to cherish their dolls as they grow up. Dolls evolved to possess many human features, such as crying, wetting, and burping. They are expensive ions of fashion; sometimes competing in value than children’s clothes. We loved and still love our dolls.
Now…some people are discussing the possibilities that marriage between humans and dolls might be feasible by 2050. There was a report that such a marriage has already happened! This is way beyond Pygmalion and the fantasy may not at all be new. Can dolls and humans live in harmony?
For the past 20 years or so, dolls designed for adults have grown. Using robotic technologies, these dolls are ever-advancing and growing more popular. Are they replacing human relationships as we know them? Consider this the Westworld fantasy. But now it’s possible in your world.
Robots are more than fantasy. Robotic dolls are an increasing facet of the reality we live. BOTZ is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that lists major manufacturers that develop robots. Whether robotic tools or robotic sex dolls, the interests in AI and robots yield high potentials.
Within the nerdy, geeky minds of computing geniuses, one of the driving forces behind tech development might just have been the attainment of sexual strengths. When virtual reality was evolving in the 1970’s, virtual sex in the form of teledildonics was a living fantasy. Doll tech development seems to be following that trend. Well…there appears to be a 20-million pound race for the developer who conjures up the first AI sex doll. Could this be the next biggest reality changer than Apple’s development of the iPhone? Can sex dolls help reduce the use of anti-depressants and even opioids?
Inflatable sex dolls offered a serious purpose in World War II. It was reported that Hitler issued soldiers sex dolls to combat syphilis in lieu of standard methods of contraction.
Early 19th-century psychology focused much on female hysteria, a problem from earlier centuries. Histories of fornicatory dolls involved a constant obsession with creating an idealized, silent female sexual object. 2000 years ago, Ovid wrote of a myth involving a woman sculpted from ivory by Pygmalion. Her name was Galatea and he became so obsessed with her, bathing her feeding her and of course sleeping with her. A walk through major historical museums show that dolls of ancient goddesses were found in excavations. At least, we know and validate man’s obsession for a sexual love object goes back even before Eve negated the Lord in the garden of Eden.
In 1997, a USA manufacturer named RealDoll revolutionized the adult doll industry. They sculpted female dolls with a skin-textured silicone along with natural-like lips, breasts, and vaginas. It’s latest set of dolls have improved skeletal integrity. These dolls also feature advanced weight reduction without sacrificing the feel of the doll, two patented styles of interchangeable faces (Magnetic face and full head style FaceX systems), 7″ deep removable mouth inserts, optional removable vagina inserts for ease of hygiene and maintenance, and an ever expanding line of faces and bodies continually added to the collection to expand your future options. Even more fascinating, these dolls can be ordered with a selection of measurements for ergonomics. Who says there is no future for products made in the USA?
As far as equal opportunities, RealDoll offers a male collection of dolls, with similar features. Unlike children’s dolls, these adult dolls run upwards from $4500 each. A USA success story!
Yet these dolls are merely Pygmalion-types, more anatomically functional. Undaunted, RealDoll introduced Harmony in April 2017, the first doll with artificial intelligence. Harmony speaks and interacts. At $15,000, Harmony has the integrated software to be your 24/7 companion.
The folks at Engadget, a website that focuses on new technologies, gave Harmony a thorough exam and found this doll to be the virtual woman that Aphrodite gave Pygmalion. Even more fascinating is that Harmony is a product developed by the engineers at the University of Texas in Austin. The epitome of American ingenuity. Inventing the girl that can’t say no.
According to Realbotix, there are expected app upgrades to the software at a price of $20 per year.
Thanks to the proliferation of mobile technology and social media networks, much of what passes for human relationships already depends on the transfer of electronic data. In many ways, there are many subtle, nefarious ways where friends and lovers are becoming more abstract. Developing “intelligent” sex robots seems to be cracking the foundations of all traditions we have cherished. Is it possible that people may love dolls over human partners. While robots like Harmony have sales by the hundreds, the tech is still in its infancy. Can you remember a world without PC, Mac, or smartphones? In senses, predictions of positives and negatives are hard to consider. Are the evolution of sex and chore robots inevitable?
Perhaps love dolls might help solidify human relationships that are failing. According to the American Psychological Association data, 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.
Infidelity and adultery statistics in the USA, 2 of the ten Mosaic commandments, inconclusively (by survey) indicate happen in about 1 of 5 relationships. Men and women do it. People enjoy watching and reading stories where “cheating” occurs. If a household had a sex robot, would sex be noted as infidelity?
Then there is the commandment of being “fruitful and multiplying.” Robots can’t do that! Studies show that, with basic human ingredients, babies can be born without traditional definitions of intercourse.
Developers, marketers and company spokes-people do indicate that these adult dolls are still cost prohibitive and sell only hundreds of models per year. Most of the profit is targeted toward manufacturing better processors and structural integrity. Even Harmony still appears unnatural. The consumers tend to be people who have lost a spouse or are lonely for other reasons.
Robotics has been influential as orthoses – replacing hands, legs, and feet for those that are physically handicapped. A once highly improbable concept has grown into a major life aid. Yet, technologies employed are hardly known or addressed by most mobility practitioners dealing with chronic mobility challenges. Robot assisted therapy is also used to help rehabilitate stroke patients.
When it comes to all the beneficial prospects robotics might do, the media seems to focus on robotic sex dolls with artificial intelligence. It is a significant topic. People do love and are crazy about their dolls. Is there a market for adult robotic sex dolls? Would you buy one?
Reading deeper issues regarding ethics. morality, religion, and so many other societal facets don’t apply as yet. Prices are very high. Robotic sex dolls are a microcosmic and rare market. So were android smartphones during the before iPhone days. More tech advances might make these dolls more competitive and popular. At this point in time, robot sex dolls is a minor concept. It is, however, researched internationally and finding a market.
Yet, robotic dolls are rapidly expanding into society. United States doesn’t have exclusivity in developing robotic dolls. The Asian market uses robotic dolls to interact with the public. There is a small hotel staffed by about 70% robots. The hotel, near Nagasaki, is a pilot project targeted for use by 3-star hotels in Japan. There are still quite a few tweaks to work through but the novelty has drawn media from around the globe.
Artificial intelligence lacks emotion, ideas, uniquenesses, personalities, and drives. Humans are teased by artificial intelligence and often compete against AI programs in games like chess and cards. AI is what seems to drive the future of the robotic market.
While United States places more restrictions against immigrants, are robots manufactured in the USA citizens? Are they eligible? These might be one of many issues worthy of consideration over the next decades as we move toward the 22nd century. Like global weather extreme changes, AI robotic dolls may have beneficial and consequential impact generations from now. Thinkers believe that 2050 might demonstrate social and economic impact on human society. Many questions will be raised and many implications will be weighed.
Our fascination with robots has given birth to many top-ranking movies with successful sequences, such as Terminator. Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor. Sarah is targeted because a cyborg manufacturer if the future, Skynet, knows that her unborn son will lead the fight against them. With the virtually unstoppable Terminator in hot pursuit, she attempts to escape. Advanced robotics might have severe consequences in the fabric of humanity – much like social media and telecommunications have had over the last decade.
Will humanity survive to witness robotic dolls? They already exist. We are entering the Twilight Zone as we expand toward the Outer Limits. Bad or good? Time and gods can determine happy afters.