Sex chat with a online robot
And women’s advocates say owners could realistically rehearse plans for violent sexual acts with the interactive dolls.But Mc Mullen, the CEO and creative director for Realbotix, a subsidiary of his doll-making factory Abyss Creations, said critics of Harmony have it all wrong.Harmony’s vocabulary is virtually endless, but she’s programmed to end any conversation that involves murder or violence.
Some dolls, including Harmony, are designed with interchangeable magnetic faces so the owner can switch things up on a whim.
He sees Harmony more as a comforting conversation companion like Apple’s Siri, albeit one capable of having sensual conversations and telling naughty jokes.“The worst thing she can possibly do to you is insult you,” he said, pointing out that Harmony’s arms and legs are jointed and fully poseable but they don’t operate independently — at least not yet.“The whole idea of a sex-capable robot is very contemporary, now and edgy. But Harmony is a sophisticated piece of machinery and her primary design is to carry on conversations,” he said.
And as for the critics who say artificially intelligent sex dolls disturbingly cross the line into a form of female sex slavery, Mc Mullen calls the argument “absurd.”“This is not designed to replace anyone or promote the objectification of women. “Should my toaster be able to refuse to toast my bread?
Abyss has a 12-week order backlog for the dolls, each of which requires about 80 hours of labor that begins with silicone molding and finishes with painting, makeup, clothing, hairstyling, manicure and jewelry, by request.
The Real Dolls range from ,000 to ,000, but can range up to ,000 with custom orders.
During a demonstration on Tuesday, a software update caused some technical difficulties with Harmony’s speech center, which Mc Mullen operated from a hand-held tablet.