John Hawks, an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin (and one of my favorite reads) recently happened upon something that I wrote about in a rather satirical manner, a possible future that prescribes that we’ll be making love (and falling in love) to/with robots by 2050.
John also reacted to the cyborg loving prognosis in a satirical manner, however he asked two questions that picked at my brain:
Well, that’s one more thing, isn’t it? If you’re more likely to fall in love with a robot, will you be less likely to have children? And if so, will that mean that over many generations, robot-revulsion genes will be selected?
I think, perhaps, he’s put the cart before the horse. I suggest that those who would entertain companion robots would not be likely to have children, even if companion robots weren’t available.
I (humbly) suggest that we examine what fuels the need for such innovation as part of the bigger picture when it comes to the topic. Are “robot revolution” genomes amongst us now and about to manifest? I’ve said this a few hundred times, things happen – when depends entirely on when said things are noticed.
I could go into a lengthy outburst regarding over-population and the insular nature that feeds both technological and cultural innovation (facebook, anyone?) but I won’t, I don’t need to, his questions (should) obviate anything that I have to say on the topic.
What remains is the power of envy.