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January 03, 2008

The Singularity™ Approaches

Referring to Allahpundit's use of the term, which will precipitate an immediate and disastrous worldwide population decline, possibly signalling the end of the human race.

When people start having sex with robots.

Levy lays out his vision of a Brave New Carnal World in Love and Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, which, despite its extended riffs on sex toys through the ages, is a snigger-free book. Levy's no Al Goldstein. Rather he's a 62-year-old British chess master turned artificial-intelligence expert persuaded that robot sex can brighten the lives of many, many unhappy people. "Great sex on tap for everyone, 24/7,'' he writes on the final page of the book. What's not to like?

Allow me to raise my hand tentatively and say, "Ummm...professor? I've already lost my husband to fuckin' football and video games for half the year. Can a girl get a break around here? I know why all these damn robots are already made to look like gorgeous Asian sluts, m'kay? I AM NOT STUPID."

Seriously, though. This will not be good for women. Robots don't have menses. Robots are always polite. Their bodies will remain perfect forever. If you dump a robot, it won't come over at 3 am and spraypaint 'tiny dick' on your Camaro.

Bad, bad, baaaad for women. So glad I'll be an old crone or dead before it hits the mainstream.

UPDATE: Tall Dave envisions this wonderful future in the comments:

Before you know it, you'll be walking down the street and see an incredibly attractive "woman" who will let you take her home for a nominal fee -- sanitary, safe, sexy. and probably vastly superior in technique to anything a woman's anatomy can do.

Precisely. A perfect body outfitted with a heated, rotating robo-pooter.
You know what? I make a pretty good sammich. But not THAT good.

It's over, ladies.


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