The movie Robot Surrogates starring Bruce Willis brought up a lot of conversation as to whether robotic humans are a reality that has to be faced in the near-future. There is no denying that prosthetics and artificial intelligence gets better every year. The push for robotic technology appears to be keeping pace with the advances in virtual reality.
It is possible that robotic humans will be created that look and sound like a living creäture at about the same time virtual reality really takes off? There is not much that could be said about the creation of a virtual world, but what are some of the ethics of creating artificial humans? Will this turn the dating world upside down?
Imagine no longer having to look for Mr. or Miss Right. All you have to do lists all the attributes you want with looks, personality, and intelligence to order up your perfect companion. The process may seem to be neat and tidy, but is it really.
Who is responsible for the artificial person if you suddenly become disinterested? Does he or she have rights and feelings? It could end up going into some murky areas that no one wants to ponder. It would be nice to create a dating partner that loves to do everything you enjoy. The conversation would always flow and center on topics that interest you. The problem is there is nothing to be gained in forming a relationship with an artificial personality.
Some might suggest it would be like dating yourself. As fun as it all sounds at first glance, the problems that could come about by playing creator would be difficult to define or solve. As imperfect as dating partners may seem at times, the interaction and discovery process could be an enjoyable part of the total experience. But in the meantime, it might be a good idea to keep your dating site memberships a while longer.