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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715637770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715637777
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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'The safest sex on the planet' - Wired. 'Racy, divertingly illustrated book' - Guardian. 'Robocopulate' - Sun. 'Oddly - very oddly - fascinating new book ... It's no mean feat just presenting a prediction as outlandish as that as unabashedly as Levy does. But more impressive still is how coherently he backs it up' - Telegraph. --Various

His book reminds us that humanity is an act: it is something we do. When our robots become pets, carers, even companions, we will, quite naturally, feel the urge to treat them well - Guardian. An interesting read and certainly food for thought ... There's certainly enough material in this book for you to examine human as well as android love needs - SFCrowsnest.com. David Levy's thesis, in this utterly fascinating, scholarly and rather uncomfortable book, is essentially that we'll f**k anything (which we knew), and that we love pretty much anything that looks as though it might love us; or, at least, is blank and malleable enough for us to project that idea upon - New Statesman. Get ready to bed a robot - Daily Star. --Various

'Love and Sex with Robots' provokes all kinds of questions about consciousness and emotions, about how we recognise ourselves in others and about the extent to which behaviour reflects the mechanics of the mind - New Scientist Magazine. Will surely rank as the definitive study of such phenomena for years to come - LA Times Book Review. The deeper you get into the book, the more difficult it becomes to dismiss his thesis - Chicago Sun-Times. [A] controversial and troublingly arousing book - USA Today. Entertaining (even climactic) -Washington Post --Various

About the Author

David Levy, the internationally recognised expert on artificial intelligence, is the President of the International Computer Games Association. In 1997 he led the team that won the world championship for conversational computer software in New York. He is the author of the industry primer, 'Robots Unlimited'.


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Levy writes an interesting book on how robots will help to improve the quality of sex in many ways for people. He starts by reviewing how mankind started using objects such as dildos for sex. Towards the end of the 19th century, such devices began to be mechanized. The invention of photography also created a new market for pornography. Now with the advent of the computer, artificial intelligence has now made many more possibilities in this line.
Levy does his best to promote a positive view of all this, maintaining that sex robots could challenge prostitutes for trade and bring an end to an activity that has always had a seamy side to it. Here he is spot on: this year prostitutes in Spain objected to robotic sex workers on precisely these grounds. There is no doubt that properly regulated, robot sex workers or intelligent sex devices could improve the quality of sex for many.
So far, so good. However, in my mind, Levy does not cover the possibly negative aspects of 'love and sex with robots'. If you don't think that there are no negative aspects, think again... even now, there is a misuse of technology with regard to illegal pornography. And who is to say that these intelligent sex robots could not be hacked and so carry an evil agenda?
The other objection I have is on philosophical grounds: Levy conflates electrical currents with consciousness without any proof and so assumes that artificial intelligence is the same as human consciousness. He cites the Copernican revolution in Science that has progressively stripped mankind of any special status ... i.e. our Earth is simply one planet out of many, we are products of evolution, rather than creation etc.
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An absorbing, and for the most part, plausible case for love and sex with robots. The book is tremendously well researched - even to the point sometimes of being a little dry and academic. For example, when trying to pressgang the reader with a barrage of statistics into recognising the sanity of those who love their tamagotchis more than they could a real pet (or even their families). But whereas the first half of the book is a rather over-detailed and unconvincing account of human love for inanimate objects, the second half really comes to life when describing some of the amazing advances in both robotics and sex toy technology and what might be just around the corner.

This part of the book also contains an interesting (and quite grisely) chapter on the changing shifts in sexual mores. To the author, the fact that homosexuals were still being put to death in Europe little more than a century ago and yet are now engaging in legal matrimonies is proof enough that we will all be marrying robots in the year 2050. Moral attitudes are undoubtedly changing ever more rapidly, but the assumption that sexual morality, like technology, is moving down a one way progress street is doubtful (Alan Turing could be criminilized today for clicking on a picture of a 19 year old man rather than picking him up for sex). Nethertheless, Levy does realisticaly and thoroughly describe a quite enchanting vision of a near future world in which nobody need ever go without love and sex.
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Wow. This is a very informative book. It took a while to get into it, but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. Levy's thesis that very soon robots will take the place of friends and lovers is a convincing if somewhat chilling prospect.
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Can't believe they did so much research. I like it. Covered a lot. I really feel amazed reading it. Thanks!
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Not quite what I expected but very interesting all the same.Arrived promptly but it was a Kindle download. It was free so I cant complain about cost.
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