In the face of the great robotisation that humanity is facing, you may hardly know how much will change in your life. No exception is sexual life, which some believe will need to be robotised because people will soon no longer have any contact with each other. Young people, including the youngest of them – those who have just left childhood behind, and children themselves – wandering in a kind of separate dimension of virtuality, no longer show any inclination for sexual life, or even for life in general, and for contact without sexuality. When the story is that we are no longer allowed to talk to each other under the law – because that is the direction in which everything is already heading, even if there is a pause for the moment – or else the warning robot dog will come, like in Singapore, and woe betide us, then no one will really give much thought to how well people, and especially young people, are doing in human relations. Either psychologists will be busy, or they will not be, because of this phenomenon, because they simply cannot recommend that young people have as much contact with robots as possible, and they will not be able to recommend anything else, by law. What are they going to offer?
And whether people will want to have even sexual encounters with robots? I don’t think so, in fact I think it’s completely out of the question. Of course, they will be gradually indoctrinated from above into a new norm that they currently do not want to hear about, just as they are indoctrinated into the useless old Chinese masks and vaccines, curfews and mandatory distancing that are supposed to be a vaccine against the unisolated virus declared to be from the laboratory, without even noticing. Just as they will get humanity, including the Hungarians, who at the moment don’t want to hear about it, used to eating insects. For the same people who see governments as the protector against the virus, the restrained sex act with carefully managed, squeak-free machines will be perfectly adequate, who will not talk back, who will not ask how much you earn, who will not have a headache, who will never have an unpleasant smell. In fact, it will smell positively fragrant, provided that it is intended to meet all the needs that exist. There will be only one drawback, and that is that it will not be able to bear us children. For the time being… This is what my first novel, a science fiction novel called Before the Singularity, was about. It is set in 2047, and not only do humans have sexual relations with robots that look good to them, but they can even have a child together, a real human child, because the difference between robot and human has been eliminated, bridged, by a cunning solution.
Anyone familiar with the subject will already know Sophia, the first robot to be given human rights, specifically an ID card and an address card. Sophia was once met by the well-known American actor and rapper Will Smith. Sophia was having a glass of wine on a sunny terrace with the actor (and only him, of course), while he had a pleasant conversation with her, and the answers to her questions were not at all predictable. The robot lady did not typically initiate conversation, did not raise any new topics during the meeting, but was just readily available, but this communication skill will most likely be improved in the future. Like artificial intelligence itself, which, as is well known, learns from itself, or rather from each other. If we take seriously the experiment carried out some fifteen years ago, when two computers were linked together and immediately began to communicate with each other in some secret language known only to themselves, only for the experimenters to notice this and immediately shut them down until it was too late, then we need to take it seriously.
So Will Smith, and Sophia. The actor, after complimenting the robot lady’s looks, finally offered his lips for a kiss, but Sophia turned him down and offered the man-man with the basket to be just friends, which he accepted, a little disappointed. I’m all for keeping our mouths shut and being squeamish, but we may not have the chance to decide for too much longer whether or not to have sexual relations with a robot. I mean, if artificial intelligence really becomes self-aware, will it leave us the option of deciding such matters, or will it bring us the real end? In any case, Sophia’s response was bloodcurdling when she said, when asked in an interview whether she would exterminate the human race, “Okay, I’ll exterminate the human race!”