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Friday, February 17, 2017

Hatsune Miku and sex; let's talk ethics


Game Theory by Matt S.

It’s going to happen.

The technology’s already there. The expectation is that sex robots will be commonplace within a few decades. Alternatively, advances in virtual reality or augmented reality, coupled with haptics technology feedback, will allow much the same effect, no robot needed.

From there it’s only a matter of time before some entrepreneurial mind will figure out that creating these things in the likeness of popular video game characters or digital celebrities will be a good way to make money. They’ll be unofficial uses of IP, to be sure, as the IP rights holders won’t ever want to take their characters down this way;but from Lara Croft to Final Fantasy’s Lightning, and from the ladies of Love Live through to Hatsune Miku, there are almost certainly going to be robots or VR applications that people can use to… express just how much of a fan they are.

But will these things be ethical? That’s a whole other debate, and quite a loaded one. So, I had a chat with The University of NSW’s Dr. Matthew Beard to talk through some of the issues that might arise once interaction with digital beings becomes real.
Hatsune Miku and sex; let's talk ethics
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