Robots That Love: Artificial Amours in Myth, Folklore, Literature, Popular Culture and the Real World (Paperback)

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Robots That Love: Artificial Amours in Myth, Folklore, Literature, Popular Culture and the Real World (Paperback)

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In a world of increasingly sophisticated AI, the relationship between creator and creation has shifted. Robot lovers coexist with humans, and the boundaries of emotion and consciousness are blurred. This book considers the fundamental challenge of imbuing robots with the capacity to experience love, delving into the consequences of loving robots that can only feign reciprocation. It also considers the philosophical questions about sentience and consciousness that arise with the emergence of robot companions.

While the central focus is on robots, other forms of artificial lovers are also considered, including ChatGPT, Samantha from the 2013 film Her, and a variety of sex dolls, monsters, golems, and romanceable characters in dating-simulation games. Such entities encompass a variety of sexual and gender identities, reflecting the diversity of human desire. This book explores the impact of gender biases inherent in the pursuit of creating the "perfect" artificial companion, and the ways in which such biases affect the design and development of AI systems. These biases, often perpetuated by deep-learning algorithms, underscore the need for critical reflection as the evolution of AI continues.

Judith A. Markowitz ran a Chicago consulting firm for thirty-five years. She has published well over one hundred articles and book chapters, numerous technical reports, and eight books.
Product Details ISBN: 9781476674957
ISBN-10: 1476674957
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: December 25th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English