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The Science of Human-Robot Love

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the loving-the-robot dept.

Robotics 88

MrSeb writes "Since Slashdot first covered lovotics back in July 2011, its creator — Hooman Samani — has been busy working on a couple of new applications for his fledgling scientific sphere of human-robot love: Kissenger and Mini-Surrogate. Kissenger is a robot with highly-sensitive and motor-actuated lips, which you can use to transmit a kiss to another Kissenger robot (held by a friend or loved one) over the internet. Mini-Surrogate is basically a real-world avatar that adds a physical element to video conferencing. Both are primarily for human-human use, but it's easy to imagine a Kissenger hooked up to an AI or video game. Likewise, the next Elder Scrolls game could come with a Mini-Surrogate, so that you can communicate with your in-game wife while you're knee-deep in fireballed orc."

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Sits back with popcorn (3, Funny)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882667)

Because the comments on this topic have the danger of being too hilarious :)

Re:Sits back with popcorn (4, Funny)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882729)

Slashdot: Now with kisses for being modded up and bites for being modded down.

Re:Sits back with popcorn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38882805)

Yeeeeaaaahh. I don't swing that way. NTTAWWT.

Re:Sits back with popcorn (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882941)

The bites only happen if you ask really nicely, though.

Re:Sits back with popcorn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883189)

...With fellatio for +5 comments? I'm in.

-- Ethanol-fueled

captcha: "frosted"

Re:Sits back with popcorn (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#38886311)

...With fellatio for +5 comments? I'm in.

-- Ethanol-fueled

captcha: "frosted"

Sir... this is Slashdot. I have experienced the coding prowess here. You want to trust people that have problems coding javascript to give you fellatio with a robotic device that takes commands remotely?

Well... okay... I might try it. But I sure as fuck won't be running IE when I do it.

Re:Sits back with popcorn (2)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38892029)

Talk about a hell of an "off by one error".

Disclaimer: Kissinger software written by Bobbitt Labs.

Re:Sits back with popcorn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38890079)

Oh I hope your EmotiBot can furrow its brow, because you are currently getting the brow furrowing of a lifetime.

o\ /o

The inventor's name alone is enough. (2)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883239)

Because the comments on this topic have the danger of being too hilarious :)

Seriously, this robot thingamajig inventor's first name is "Hooman"? Does that strike anyone else as a bit too silly for belief?

Re:The inventor's name alone is enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883905)

Given the spelling, it's obviously a time travelling Ferrengi who having learned about Earth's barbaric past, decided to help himself to some easily earn latinum by cornering the market early. Just don't ask him if he wants a piece of toast, or he might offer to sell you pieces of his pilot, having been tenderly roasted during their slingshot into the past.

Re:The inventor's name alone is enough. (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883909)

His email address makes it even better Hooman@nus.nu.sg

Re:The inventor's name alone is enough. (1)

Dracophile (140936) | more than 2 years ago | (#38889179)

You were expecting, maybe, Chetter Hummin?

Re:Sits back with popcorn (1)

azalin (67640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38888273)

I'm not sure if these pigs will make the birds less or even more angry

Get back to me (4, Funny)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882689)

When they have a device that allows me to slap people over the Internet.

Slap them *where*? (1)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883197)

When they have a device that allows me to slap people over the Internet.

I'd be happy with slapping them upside the head.

Cheers,

Re:Get back to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38886887)

As soon as they install one at every desk in Autodesk's offices I'm getting set up with an account.

oh (1)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882699)

Video conferencing implies board meetings to me, and I'm not sure this feature is going to be useful in that context. At least I hope not.

Re:oh (1)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882819)

What kind of board meetings do you go to anyway? I see great potential for these devices in mega corp. board rooms! :-D

Re:oh (1)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883777)

Not sure about that. It would need an adapter for kissing ass.

Re:oh (1)

forkfail (228161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38885443)

Just special chair cushions.

Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (2)

torgis (840592) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882763)

Am I among some minority that is not just a little, but very thoroughly grossed out by this type of technology? I guess for me it triggers some sort of Uncanny Valley response, where my first instinct is not to empathize with a human-seeming robot, but to run away screaming.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

Krishnoid (984597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882817)

Hey, it's the most action some people will get. Plus, it may give you insights into relationships [youtube.com] you may not have previously considered.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (4, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882881)

As someone who has worked in the adult "novelty" industry, I can say with confidence that sex is one area of human interaction in which the Uncanny Valley does not exist.

Seriously, humans will hump damn near anything if you make it squishy enough... filthy beasts.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883053)

Seriously, humans will hump damn near anything if you make it squishy enough... filthy beasts.

Who needs filthy beasts when you have tentacle monsters?

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883255)

Seriously, humans will hump damn near anything if you make it squishy enough... filthy beasts.

Who needs filthy beasts when you have tentacle monsters?

That brings up the serious question that for better or worse we expanded the human experience in the printing era, more or less, with the invention of the tentacle meme. Are there any new internet era memes that have expanded the human experience in a similar way? And no this isn't a very thiny veiled request for a goatse link, I'm looking for something a little more general in concept, not one individual incident. Maybe the general concept of Camgirls? Or the concept of an infinite array of digitally delivered pr0n, not new in any individual image but new in the concept that there's an uncountable number of images?

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883437)

I'm curious as to why you credit the printing era with the "tentacle meme". Sure, tako to ama [wikipedia.org] was a woodcut, but AFAIK there's no reason to suspect it was a new idea in Japan, and in European folklore (which I'm more, though still scantly, familiar with) bestiality definitely predates printing -- octopuses were not (so far as I know) included, probably because the octopus was not familiar to most of Europe.

/serious

Are there any new internet era memes that have expanded the human experience in a similar way? And no this isn't a very thiny veiled request for a goatse link,

No it's not. When you say "internet era memes that have expanded" anything, you stripped away all the veils, however thin, and flat-out requested a goatse link.

But because I'm such a gigantic asshole, request denied.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

azalin (67640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38888319)

As for pre printing age inter species contact you might want to read up on greek mythology. Zeus seems to have been rather creative when visiting the ladies (eg Leda).

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38884459)

Furries.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883539)

You're grossed out by technology that brings some affection to people who might not be able to get it otherwise? How cruel are you exactly?

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

torgis (840592) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883663)

Feeding the trolls here, but really? Affection? Humping a squishy piece of silicon is not affection, it's a release of sexual energy and nothing more. If it brings some people a small measure of, um, satisfaction, then so be it. But I would personally rather be forever lonely than curl up with a pair rubber lips wired to my laptop.

Besides, I didn't say it should be outlawed or anything. I just said I was extremely weirded out by the whole idea. Tell me you don't feel the same when you see that dude making out with a little rubber puppet.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#38886367)

I have a different reaction.

Having experienced the Internet since it started, and we all know that ChatRoulette is really PenisRoulette, I am pretty confident that it will all be dudes kissing each other while some dudes are pretending to be chicks. For whatever reason.

Approach it from the other direction....

Women. What woman, one that you would want to kiss, is going to settle for some robotic lips when they have the absolute power to go out and get a man anytime they want too?

Personally, I don't want to face the high statistical probability of kissing another dude.

I know the sex toy industry is incredibly one-sided right now towards the females, but call me a old fashioned fellow. Some Kleenex and hand lotion for me, none of that fancy robot action all you youngsters are thinking about.

Re:Let me be the first to say: Ew. Just gross. (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38889299)

I know the sex toy industry is incredibly one-sided right now towards the females

I think the sex toy industry is atleast two-sided towards females right now. Still mostly one-sided towards towards men though.

Kissinger?! (5, Funny)

Kylon99 (2430624) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882813)

"Kissenger is a robot with highly-sensitive and motor-actuated lips, which you can use to transmit a kiss to another Kissenger."

Did anyone else get the image of making out with a robot with the appearance of Henry Kissinger? Or am I the crazy one here...

Re:Kissinger?! (2)

Biff Stu (654099) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882963)

"Kissenger is a robot with highly-sensitive and motor-actuated lips, which you can use to transmit a kiss to another Kissenger."

Did anyone else get the image of making out with a robot with the appearance of Henry Kissinger? Or am I the crazy one here...

You're not crazy, you're just showing your age. Most of the people developing social media technology these days have no idea what Henry Kissinger looks or sounds like, and they totally don't get the Monty Python tune...
 

You have better legs than Hitler and bigger tits than Cher

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

bitzwitztitz (2565355) | more than 2 years ago | (#38898965)

Not bigger titz den me. ;)

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

bitzwitztitz (2565355) | more than 2 years ago | (#38899331)

Show it, bitz!!

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

bitzwitztitz (2565355) | more than 2 years ago | (#38899367)

Go kiss a robot, you nasty nerd lover.

Re:Kissinger?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883151)

ya a certain bending robot, i think you may be a robosexual.

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38884639)

Did anyone else get the image of making out with a robot with the appearance of Henry Kissinger? Or am I the crazy one here...

Hey, at least you didn't order a Lucy Liu sexbot and get one that looked like Margaret Thatcher instead....

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#38886391)

Did anyone else get the image of making out with a robot with the appearance of Henry Kissinger? Or am I the crazy one here...

Hey, at least you didn't order a Lucy Liu sexbot and get one that looked like Margaret Thatcher instead....

Any port in a storm.....

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38888457)

Did anyone else get the image of making out with a robot with the appearance of Henry Kissinger? Or am I the crazy one here...

Hey, at least you didn't order a Lucy Liu sexbot and get one that looked like Margaret Thatcher instead....

UPS can make that a reality.

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

unitron (5733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38888719)

"Kissenger is a robot with highly-sensitive and motor-actuated lips, which you can use to transmit a kiss to another Kissenger."

Did anyone else get the image of making out with a robot with the appearance of Henry Kissinger? Or am I the crazy one here...

Considering that you can't be absolutely sure who's operating the unit corresponding to yours, it brings back the old Nixon-era line "I wonder who's Kissinger now".

Re:Kissinger?! (1)

ISurfTooMuch (1010305) | more than 2 years ago | (#38893749)

Not until I read your post. Now that horrible image is burned into my brain. Eww! Thanks a lot, dude!

Howard and Raj (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38882825)

implemented this on Big Bang Theory.

Human and Inanimate Object Love (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38882831)

...describes a large majority of the Slashdot community.

Wait...sheep are animate objects, aren't they?

Re:Human and Inanimate Object Love (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38882905)

Wait... You have sheep in your basement?

kissing? (3, Informative)

santax (1541065) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882851)

Oh come on... get it over with, make one that sucks cock. You all know we want one.

Re:kissing? (1)

meteora (2564625) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883733)

hahahah. It would be more useful..

Re:kissing? (1)

lpp (115405) | more than 2 years ago | (#38885771)

Half of us do anyway.

Re:kissing? (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#38886441)

Half of us do anyway.

LMFAO.

What do you mean by half!?

I don't think you mean that half of Slashdot is made up of gay men, because in that case it would still be 100%. It's just that they would also want the dildo on the other side they could suck.

You must mean that half of Slashdot is made up of women, and none of them would want this. I disagree. They would all want it, and it would be the Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary present to their significant others.

Some men only get blowjobs on their anniversaries. The difference is that now their wives will just hand them a box and go to sleep.

Re:kissing? (1)

qwak23 (1862090) | more than 2 years ago | (#38889545)

So what you really mean is that it's a present to themselves veiled as a present to their husbands. ;)

Re:kissing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38889711)

They already do. The Autoblow is a piece of shit, but the Real Touch works okay, lol.

Re:kissing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38907207)

Oh come on... get it over with, make one that sucks cock. You all know we want one.

It already exists dude - google it

It kisses and doesn't tell? (2)

forkfail (228161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882859)

Then I'm sure that there will be a market for a cunning linguist model.

(Somebody had to say it. You know you thought about saying it. I just did it for you.)

Re:It kisses and doesn't tell? (1)

Tyrannosaur (2485772) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883473)

I thought it was common knowledge about how difficult it is to teach a computer "natural language"

What I don't understand (1)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882885)

is why they don't incorporate a tongue in these devices. Even the lips on the device are not lips. Just one big lip!

I mean.. this stuff is elementary dear Watson! It's hard to commercialize a single-lipped robot.

"Cherry 2000" . . . (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882909)

. . . I'll just stick with my fleet of "Cherry 2000s", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_2000 [wikipedia.org] , thanks anyway . . .

Re:"Cherry 2000" . . . (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883309)

A classic movie. The hokey pokey scene is where it starts to get really weird. OK maybe it was pretty weird before then. That movie might make a good sliding scale test to see how far along in the movie you can watch before getting completely weirded out, figure out your tolerance level.

Re:"Cherry 2000" . . . (1)

miknix (1047580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883763)

That movie might make a good sliding scale test to see how far along in the movie you can watch before getting completely weirded out, figure out your tolerance level.

Really? Even better than Happiness (1998) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0147612/ [imdb.com] ?

Re:"Cherry 2000" . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38884841)

Posting AC to keep mod points -- I made it all the way through to the dog licking the boy's hand... then I cracked.

DRM error (4, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38882945)

"The penis you are using is not registered as an authorized device in our database; in order to preserve our intellectual property rights, it will now be confiscated and destroyed."

Re:DRM error (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883211)

They just want you to upgrade to a newer, larger version, with more features.

But... (1)

rhook (943951) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883083)

Can you fuck it?

Don't wanna be kissing Ms. Piggy! (1)

cruff (171569) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883093)

Anyone else think the thing looks like a pig?

Re:Don't wanna be kissing Ms. Piggy! (1)

azalin (67640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38888355)

Wait until the birds version comes out.

Marriage quest (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883111)

"I see you're wearing an amulet of Mara. Would you like root access to my love-server?"

Space Pope says (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38883191)

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

Wrong form factor (1)

Mannfred (2543170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883343)

If we had this technology in the shape of a buttocks then it would bring telecommuting to a whole new level.

Lenina Huxley Says... (1)

Edis Krad (1003934) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883357)

What? No Demolition Man quotes yet?. Let me show how it's done

John Spartan: "Look, Huxley, why don't we just do it the old-fashioned way?"
Lenina Huxley: "Eeewww, disgusting! You mean... fluid transfer?"

Spotted a major desing flaw (3, Insightful)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | more than 2 years ago | (#38883911)

It needs a girl on the other end to function.

On the internet nobody knows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38884145)

It needs a girl on the other end to function.

How come? On the internet nobody knows you are a dog

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_dog.jpg

Re:Spotted a major desing flaw (1)

rush,overlord,rush! (1995452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38885355)

Does it have to be a function? Maybe we can try Multivalued function, so 1 girl will be enough!

Re:Spotted a major desing flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38887459)

Train!!!

Re:Spotted a major desing flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38886293)

It needs a girl on the other end to function.

Yeah, because you'd know instantly if it wasn't a girl operating the remote inputs.

Re:Spotted a major desing flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38886961)

However, it has the advantage that she doesn't have to know which part of you is interfacing with the device

Re:Spotted a major desing flaw (1)

Tyrannosaur (2485772) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960223)

Except it works through digital information- which could just be stored and repeated...

You wouldn't download a kiss, would you?

Big Bang Theory (1)

Tom (822) | more than 2 years ago | (#38884031)

Anyone else had pictures in his mind you had hoped you would forget?

Re:Big Bang Theory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38884801)

The first rule of /. is you don't talk about... oh, wait....

angry birds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38884635)

Does anyone think that the kissenger bots look like rejected characters from angry birds?

So many ways to go on this (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 2 years ago | (#38884771)

Should it be Heavy Metal's "Earth women who experience sexual ecstasy with mechanical assistance always tend to feel guilty"? Or Frank Zappa's "A latent appliance fetishist is a person who refuses to admit to his-or-herself that sexual gratification can only be achieved through the use of machines"? Ooh! I just can't choose!

I'm not a bad kisser (1)

Leebert (1694) | more than 2 years ago | (#38884839)

I'm not a bad kisser. It's just that I have an unreliable network connection! Why did they have to use UDP for this?!

What if? (1)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 2 years ago | (#38886739)

What if the person on the other end is a minor while you are an adult? Do you get charged for this as if it happened in "real life"?

ahahahahaha (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38887703)

ahahahhahaahahha.

Facebook integration (1)

XrayJunkie (2437814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38889143)

"1,245 like your weekend with your Loveboot 5000"

Somehow.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38889401)

I feel like telling a woman I actually have one of these things would probably ruin the chances of getting that kiss.

Can you imagine asking someone if they have a virtual kissing pig? How do you do it?

Wait wait (1)

jcreus (2547928) | more than 2 years ago | (#38890133)

Didn't it appear in The Big Bang Theory? One of Howard's experiments, I believe.

Kissenger? (2)

DrBuzzo (913503) | more than 2 years ago | (#38891527)

Uh... I actually met the dude once in an airport and shook his hand, just because it was interesting to meet him. I didn't do anything rude like blow up about the Vietnam War or anything, and he was nice enough and all.

I just can't see why anyone would want to lock lips with him. Sorry. It seems very unappealing.

hire me as cfo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38900765)

the idea with lips is nice, but not marketable. they should produce fleshlight/vibrator combos, now that would sell.

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