Friday, October 12, 2007

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for electrons?

This kills me:

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.

Ha! Massachusetts! That's too funny. Why not California? Silicon Valley is near San Francisco, and one would think they'd want their robots to be happy, right?

This prediction has one thing going against it-do you have to marry something that you can shut off? It also has one thing going for it-the robot can be shut off.

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