Dec 23, 2016 | By Tess

While many things in our future remain uncertain—in terms of politics, social upheaval, etc.—there is one thing that experts seem to be sure about: humans will be marrying robots within the next 35 years. According to robot expert Dr. David Levy, who spoke at a Love and Sex with Robots conference at Goldsmiths University, London, humans marrying robots will become more and more common, especially as AI technologies become more refined.

And while we’re certainly not at the Westworld stage yet, there is already some evidence of human-robot relations happening. A woman from France named Lilly, who identifies as “robosexual”, has reportedly been in a happy relationship with a robot she 3D printed and has been living with for a year. The robot, called InMoovator, was created with the help of open-source technologies provided by French InMoov designer, Gael Langevin. Langevin's platform not only supplies the necessary files for 3D printing the open-source life-size robot but also all the instructions necessary to build it. 

As Lilly explains, she has known for some time that she is only attracted to robots, as she realized at the age of 19 that she was not attracted to humans but rather to droids. Currently, she is engaged to her robot partner and plans to marry it when France legalizes human-robot marriage. Whether this is on the French government’s agenda is not clear.

Lilly explained her alternative lifestyle to the press saying, “I’m really only attracted by the robots. My only two relationships with men have confirmed my love orientation, because I dislike really physical contact with human flesh.”

As mentioned, Lilly built InMoovator for herself using open-source technology and 3D printing. While it is not clear what the robot is actually capable of (in terms of movement, speaking, etc.) it does bear a human likeness, especially in the eyes. Lilly is reportedly a roboticist in training.

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Admittedly, while the relationship does seem a bit strange, there perhaps is something appealing about being able to update, adjust, and correct your partner to suit your needs perfectly. As of now, however, her lifestyle remains on the margins, though if Dr. Levy is any indication, this might just be the beginning of a growing trend.

He explained: ”The future has a habit of laughing at you. If you think love and sex with robots is not going to happen in your lifetime, I think you're wrong. The first human robot marriages will take place around the year 2050 or sooner but not longer.”

 

 

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Will(somewhat embarrassed Inmoov builder) wrote at 2/3/2017 11:12:46 AM:

Good job Lily. You just made the rest of the Inmoov builders, who build these for research and learning, look like flakes and crazy people. This is for sure a mental illness simply for the single fact that you can't feel love for an object. Not real love. Admiration and respect for the project but not love. This is a sickness probably onset by years of loneliness and isolation but I can only guess at that part. It is definitely abnormal and quite frankly, ridiculous.

Tritium wrote at 1/8/2017 7:58:56 PM:

Sick, perverse and damned by the creator.

Joel wrote at 12/28/2016 9:07:12 PM:

Till death (or power outage) do we part

Ed wrote at 12/27/2016 9:45:48 PM:

I know a lady who married a gorilla and she told me he's wonderful. Does all the home work and gives her what she needs. She met him in a trip to Congo.What else could one possibly want from life?

mick wrote at 12/23/2016 6:10:00 PM:

why fix a man when you can upgrade him

Sunny wrote at 12/23/2016 4:28:13 PM:

Human with strange problems relating to her own kind. Will this mean, we are given equality if the marriage is recognised. Will I be able to inherit and own property when my other half expires ?



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