David Levy uses Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships to ostensibly explore two primary themes:
- When will people have "sex" with robots/inorganic objects?
- When will people fall in love with robots/inorganic objects?
Since we've already crossed the first threshold, and men and women have been doing so for a while, Levy uses most of the book to argue that (a) our wetware is already wired to enable investiture of emotional significance to inorganic objects (Levy cites Mihaly Csilkszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton's research on the investiture of personal meaning through repeated use, which they refer to as "psychic energy"), and that (b) Artificial Intelligence will soon have progressed to the extent that we will have emotionally and physically satisfying relationships with high-tech fabrications. Yes, "fall in love" with them.
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