It’s 2014, and while the world hasn’t progressed to I, Robot levels of futurism just yet, the attitude toward artificial intelligence has certainly come a long way.
So far, in fact, that 17% of the British participants in a recent survey by Middlesex University would go all the way with an android. On the other end of the scale, one third of those surveyed think machines are a serious threat to the human race. Err…
In total, 2000 Brits were polled, and of the group that admitted they wouldn’t say no to a cyborg… 11% would be pretty stoked if they had a robo-kid (like that creepy one Haley Joel Osment played in A.I: Artificial Intelligence). What is the world coming to?
One participant observed, “It seems to have got to the stage where people would rather have sex with something that knows exactly what it’s doing, where we know exactly how it will react, and how long it will take, and how good it will be.”
OK, yes, we agree that some sexual guarantees might make life a little more convenient (the thought of being too tired post-sex to get through the latest Game of Thrones is truly devastating stuff), but as soon as those guarantees come into play, passion and romance go out the window.
“This obliterates the excitement of the uncertainty of being with a living person and the risk of it all going wrong, which is a big part of having sex with someone in the first place,” adds the participant. At least they get it.
Although the robo-sex stats were higher than expected, 41% of participants still find the idea of sexual intimacy with an android totally creepy. Nearly half reckon technology is advancing too quickly for their liking, and replacing traditional family values with it. Another 35% fear unmanned military drones, and cyborg teachers.
One thing we can surmise from the survey results? People have some seriously different opinions on robots.