Wednesday, July 13, 2011
7:00 AM | Labels: Cherry 2000, cyborgs, dating, mate, online dating, relationships, robotic companions, sex robots, sexbots, TrueCompanion.com, Westworld
Over the years, Hollywood expanded the roles of cybernetic beings. The Terminator, Cyborg, Alien (one of the crew members), the doctor on Star Trek Voyager (not actually a robot, but a sentient hologram), and the list goes on.
Cybernetics, cyberspace and virtual reality are quickly replacing traditional roles in modern society. Roomba vacuums the floors, exercise is done with the Wii and more couples than ever are meeting through online dating services.
But some people don't move past the cyber stage. With cyber dating and cyber sex, why make the effort of a face to face meeting when the real thing could end up as a real disappointment.
The 1980s film Cherry 2000 portrayed androids that were made to order "wives."
Apparently he didn't read the warning label: Avoid getting wet due to risk of electrocution.
The concept of sexbots was creepy to me twenty plus years ago. It still is today but what was sci-fi fantasy then has become a 21st century reality.
A few weeks ago, I heard a surprising advertisement on the radio-- TrueCompanion.com offers sex robots for individuals too busy for traditional dating and the robotic companion is programmed to customer specifications. Of course the perfect mate comes with a hefty price tag, but hey, how much is too much if you get the perfect mate?
Is that what men and women are looking for in a relationships today? Perfection? Someone who agrees with everything you say or do? Has exactly the same likes and dislikes? A mirror image of your own personality?
What happened to "iron sharpens iron"? Some conflict in a relationship is healthy and stimulating. I believe humans need challenges in order to be happy. Without some obstacles, we stagnate.
What traits and characteristics do you look for in a mate? Are sexbots fads or the future of relationships? And, given the opportunity would you pick a robot over the real thing?