With the technological improvement of robots and AI in our world and even laws will change to adjust to their presence. An author discussed the idea of marriage between humans and robots.
Doctor David Levy, author of the New York Times Best Seller ‘Love and Sex with Robots’, has said that laws will soon be adjusted to allow humans to marry robots.
Dr Levy was speaking at a congress named after his book title, when he told the audience that he is an advocate of human-robot marriage when a sufficient level of artificial intelligence is developed.
The author was highlighting the changes in marriage laws over the past few decades in regards to marriage between two men or two women, and believes that people who love machines will soon be afforded the same rights.
He went even further by saying that a parent duo consisting of human and machine would be equally qualified to raise a child as two humans would.
Dr Levy said in a speech titled ‘Why Not Marry a Robot?’: “Surely what is important here, is that it is not the gay or straight nature of the parents, but that both parents are conscientious and nurturing.
“Just as a gay or lesbian couple are capable of being perfectly good parents to a child, there seems to be to me no valid reason that a sophisticated robot in decades to come cannot be a partner and provision of good parenthood.”
He added that once AI is at a level where it interacts at a human level, with emotion and humour and without prompting, then it should be perfectly normal for man and machine to tie the knot.
The point of the conference was to discuss the future of sex robots – and Dr Levy says sex with robots is “just around the corner”.
However, he believes that once robots are given consciousness and are able to make competent and uninfluenced decisions, then they should virtually be treated as humans where the same laws should apply.
Dr Levy said: “We’re being forced to contemplate what human-robot relationships will be like a generation or two from now.”
He continued: “As love and sex with robots becomes more commonplace =85 we should come face to face of the very real possibility with marriage with robots.
“When robots are sufficiently human-like, sufficiently appealing socially, to the point where they can act as our companions, why not extend that companionship to marriage if neither party is against the idea?
“As more and more people come accept the concepts of sex and love with robots, so societies will develop laws that govern-human robot relationships.
“By the time there are no laws to prevent human-robot marriages, robots will be patient, kind, subjective, loving, interesting, truthful, persevering, respectful, uncomplaining, pleasant to talk to and showing a sense of humour.
“And the robots of the future will not be jealous, boastful, arrogant, rude, self-seeking or easily angered, unless of course you want them to be.”
Dr Levy concluded: “When the law allows it, why not marry a robot?”