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Artificial Intimacy

Start Date
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

New developments in robotics, virtual reality, and especially artificial intelligence (AI) are giving rise to a new type of technologies: the ‘artificial intimacies’. In this talk, evolutionary biologist and UNSW Scientia Professor Rob Brooks will consider some of the applications and implications of artificial intimacy, from matchmaking algorithms to relationships with virtual reality characters to robotic sex dolls. Professor Brooks will discuss the likelihood of sex robots and virtual reality sex becoming mainstream. He will pay particular attention to the many ways in which digital lovers might alter real-world sexual relationships and gender relations.