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Lovotics: Human - Robot Love and Sex Relationships

Cheok, A. D. ORCID: 0000-0001-6316-2339, Karunanayaka, K. and Zhang, E. Y. (2017). Lovotics: Human - Robot Love and Sex Relationships. In: Lin, P., Abney, K. and Jenkins, R. (Eds.), Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence. (pp. 193-213). Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190652951


Intimate relationships, such as love and sex, between human and machines, especially robots, has been one of the topics in science fiction. However, this topic has never been treated in the academic area until recently. The topic was first raised and discussed by David Levy in his book titled “Love and Sex with Robotics” published in 2007. As a result, the subject of human-robot romantic and intimate relationships rapidly developed into an academic research discipline in its own right. Since then, researchers have come up with many implementations of robot companions like sex robots, emotional robots, humanoid robots, and artificial intelligent systems that can simulate human emotions. This book chapter presents a summary of significant activity in this field during the recent years, predicts how the field is likely to develop, and its ethical and legal background. We also discuss our research in physical devices for human-robot love and sex communication.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Cheok, A. D., Karunanayaka, K. & Zhang, E. Y. (2017). Lovotics: Human - Robot Love and Sex Relationships( pp. 193-213), In: Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence. edited by Lin, P., Abney, K. & Jenkins, R.,(2017), reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press
Publisher Keywords: robots, autonomous, ethics, morality, Lovotics, sex, artificial hormones, kissing, love
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
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