SERGI’S WIFE ON OBJECTIFICATION
before you can turn her on. The real development, according to Dr Sergi, is concealed in the back of her head. Artificial intelligence which allows the robot not just to talk but to react and interact, depending what’s said to her.
But conversation can be a little stilted, with some awkward silences between me asking a question and getting a reply.
“It’s because she doesn’t know you,” Dr Sergi says. He claims that the technology he is putting into sex dolls allows them to “learn” what the customers want and like, and ultimately build a relationship.
The robots are still pretty basic – they don’t have different facial expressions, their mouths don’t move as they speak. What Dr Sergi has done is essentially put the type of technology that brought us Siri and Amazon’s Alexa into a sex doll.
Early stages then, but it’s another step towards building a humanoid sexual partner, the ultimate aim of the booming sex-tech industry.
The technological race to create a sex robot that not only looks and sounds like a human, but can also display the emotional range of a human, can raise troubling ethical questions.
Do the dolls perpetuate an image of women as objects, submissive sex servants for dominant men?
I put some of these concerns to Maritsa, Dr Sergi’s wife of 16 years, who also works on devel- oping the sex robots. The couple reveal they even share their bed with one – so Maritsa could be called the woman who helped build her husband’s mistress.
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WIRED FOR LOVE Dolls animated with interactive technology ELECTRIC LADYLAN Sexbot heads waiting to be assembled at Barcelona LIVING DOLL Angus with one of the sexbot girls
OTHER WOMAN Maritsa with doll