By Charles Q. Choi
Humans could marry robots within the century. And consummate those vows."My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience.
Levy recently completed his Ph.D. work on the subject of human-robot relationships, covering many of the privileges and practices that generally come with marriage as well as outside of it.
At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, "but once you have a story like 'I had sex with a robot, and it was great!' appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I'd expect many people to jump on the bandwagon," Levy said.
Japan and South Korea (and the film Lars And The Real Girl) are way ahead of us on this one. But is it reasonable to think that we’ll have legal marriages to robots in a little over 40 years? A dude still can’t marry a dude in most places. And black folks couldn’t marry white folks in some places until the last 20-30 years. Now we’re stepping outside of the species entirely. Please don’t accuse us of robophobia. Far from it, it just doesn’t seem like America will be ready for human-android relations so soon. We should focus on making it legal for a robot to marry another robot made of different material first. And we should probably go ahead and come up with a legal strategy for virtual marriages. If we know that genre, we’re pretty sure that WarCraft online probably has dozens of pending Elf-Orc nuptials. We did a few Dishes along similar lines in the past:
If anyone knows the danger of letting the machines get too much power, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger. He recently vetoed a gay marriage bill in California. He knows that gay marriage leads to robosexuality, which leads to domination by the robots. And just to be on the safe side, the Governator also outlawed kangaroo skin products. Though saving us from a bunch of kangaroo pelt-wearing, gay, married robots would probably increase the odds of him being elected president.