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Get Ready For This $15,000 Sex Robot That Will Quote Shakespeare And Remember Your Birthday [NSFWish]

 

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the future of sex dolls—or maybe it’s all you think about—but either way, it’s hard not to be fascinated by Harmony 2.0. She’s an artificially intelligent sex robot designed by Abyss Creations in San Marco, California, and she’s poised to take over the world.

In a great longread for the Guardian, Jenny Kleeman explores the race to build and perfect hyper-advanced android companions like Harmony—who is currently just an AI-enhanced, animatronic head on a standard RealDoll body. Kleeman talks to Harmony’s inventor, Matt McCullen, who explains that people will be able to customize her personality and have her do all sorts of stuff:

Harmony smiles, blinks and frowns. She can hold a conversation, tell jokes and quote Shakespeare. She’ll remember your birthday, McMullen told me, what you like to eat, and the names of your brothers and sisters. She can hold a conversation about music, movies and books. And of course, Harmony will have sex with you whenever you want.

As a couple of lab engineers in the video below point out, you’ll even be able to modify more unusual personal characteristics—like jealousy—for your amusement. If giving a sex robot negative emotions is at all amusing to you.

Despite the concerns of critics—Kleeman talks to one robot ethicist, Dr. Kathleen Richardson, who says that “owning a sex robot is comparable to owning a slave”—the Harmony 2.0 model is set to go on sale, with a limited run of 1,000 units, later this year. The price tag is $15,000, which may seem like a bargain until the day she finally goes all Westworld on you. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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