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Scientists: robot sex partners inevitable

• Terrence Aym
Robots have been used for entertainment, rescues, construction, manufacturing, teaching…just about anything the human mind can conceive of. And of course one of the things often at the forefront of human minds is sex. So why not with robots? David Levy, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands shared his personal vision of robotics back in 2007. "My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots." But robotic researcher Hank Hyena tore up the 2050 time line and boldly predicts sexual robots by the end of 2011...

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