Books  |    |  July 18, 2019

AI Love You: Developments in Human-Robot Intimate Relationships

Book edited by Yuefang Zhou and Martin H. Fischer.
Published by Springer.
189 pages.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book explores the emerging topics and rapid technological developments of robotics and artificial intelligence through the lens of the evolving role of sex robots, and how they should best be designed to serve human needs. An international panel of authors provides the most up-to-date, evidence-based empirical research on the potential sexual applications of artificial intelligence. Early chapters discuss the objections to sexual activity with robots while also providing a counterargument to each objection. Subsequent chapters present the implications of robot sex as well as the security and data privacy issues associated with sexual interactions with artificial intelligence. The book concludes with a chapter highlighting the importance of a scientific, multidisciplinary approach to the study of human – robot sexuality. 

Topics featured in this book include: 

  • The Sexual Interaction Illusion Model. 
  • The personal companion system, Harmony, designed by Realbotix™. 
  • An exposition of the challenges of personal data control and protection when dealing with artificial intelligence. 
  • The current and future technological possibilities of projecting three-dimensional holograms. 
  • Expert discussion notes from an international workshop on the topic. 

AI Love You will be of interest to academic researchers in psychology, robotics, ethics, medical science, sociology, gender studies as well as clinicians, policy makers, and the business sector.

  • Provides evidence-based empirical research on the emerging topic of robot sex 
  • Addresses the implications of intimate relationships between humans and artificial partners 
  • Discusses and provides counter-arguments to the objections against robot sex 

Table of Contents

  1. Negative and Positive Influences on the Sensations Evoked by Artificial Sex Partners: A Review of Relevant Theories, Recent Findings, and Introduction of the Sexual Interaction Illusion Model — Szczuka, Jessica M. (et al.)
  2. Intentionality but Not Consciousness: Reconsidering Robot Love — Kewenig, Viktor
  3. The Use of Social Robots and the Uncanny Valley Phenomenon — Mende, Melinda A. (et al.)
  4. Living with Harmony: A Personal Companion System by Realbotix™ — Coursey, Kino (et al.)
  5. Readable as Intimate: Toward a Conceptual Framework for Empirical Interrogation of Software Implementations of Intimacy — Kuksenok, Kit (et al.)
  6. From the Mind to the Cloud: Personal Data in the Age of the Internet of Things — Lugano, Giuseppe (et al.)
  7. Building Better Sex Robots: Lessons from Feminist Pornography — Danaher, John
  8. Hologram Girl — Bendel, Oliver
  9. Preventive Strategies for Pedophilia and the Potential Role of Robots: Open Workshop Discussion — Zhou, Yuefang
  10. Intimate Relationships with Humanoid Robots: Exploring Human Sexuality in the Twenty-First Century — Zhou, Yuefang (et al.)

About the Authors

  • Yuefang Zhou is a Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist to the University of Potsdam in Germany and was a visiting scholar to the Charité Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany.  She has worked in social psychology on group identity in the University of St Andrews and then in the area of Health Psychology in the Medical School of the University of St Andrews. 
  • Martin H. Fischer is Professor of Cognitive Science, Chair of Cognitive Sciences at the University of Potsdam in Germany and speaker for the research focus on Cognitive Sciences at this university. He has worked on various topics, including human-robot interaction. He has recently published the two-volume “Foundations of Embodied Cognition”.