July 27, 2005



Geeks of the world, take heart! Can't get a girl to give you the time of day? Build your own! Says Prof. Ishiguru, the developer of the Repliee Q1 android, and who you will one day worship as a god:

"Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet."

Yeah, I'll bet. My first thought when I saw this photo was that pron, which has long been known as a driving force behind the development of Internet commerce, is now leaking into the realm of robotics. My second thought was that the pensive, brooding look on the doctor's face suggests he's already obsessing over the idea that Repliee is going to throw him over for Data.

Yips! to Jonah.

Posted by Robert at July 27, 2005 04:34 PM | TrackBack

No good can come of this.

Posted by: The Colossus at July 27, 2005 04:49 PM

Geez, guys, I thought you read my blog. Jonah's way behind the curve on this.

I reported on this particular robot last month (here), and on the general concept much earlier over here.

Here's a question for you -- is it (will it be) adultery (i.e., grounds for a "for cause" divorce) for a married person to have relations with an android? Is there relevant case law on marital aids, perhaps? Sounds like the kernel of a legally-themed SF short story...

Posted by: JohnL at July 27, 2005 05:19 PM

Sorry, sorry. I've been staring at three different printouts all day that purport to present the same data but are, in fact, wildly conflicting. My brain is a bit on the frazzled side.

As to your legal issue, I'm sure you know that Jonah raises a similar one about Riker and his holadeck "friends".

Posted by: Robert the LB at July 27, 2005 05:30 PM
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