It reads like science fiction, but it’s not. After terror threats from Islamic extremists, a sex robot convention had to be canceled, and speakers were moved to a secret location. This is the second time the event had to be canceled due to threats of violence. Attendees were disappointed they would not be able to hear Dr. David Levy, author of Love and Sex with Robots, speak about his plans to create robots that can actually procreate with humans.
Third International Congress in Love and Sex with Robots was due to be held at Goldsmiths university in London today.
The event was cancelled in 2015 when it was due to be held in Malaysia, because the Chief of Police in Kuala Lumpur decreed that the subject was immoral and announced that he would throw the co-organisers in jail if it went ahead.
This year’s event was expected to hear a pitch from Dr David Levy, author of Love and Sex with Robots, who claims that it is an ‘odds-on cert’ that humans and robots will soon make babies, given ‘recent progress in stem cell research and artificial chromosomes.’
Dr Levy suggests that this chip process, known as tissue nano transfection (TNT), will allow ‘the genetic code of a robot to be passed on to its offspring along with human genetic code.’
According to the Daily Star Online, Dr Levy will say: ‘Suddenly the very real possibility has appeared on the horizon of the robots of the future manipulating human skin cells to create human sperm and human eggs, and from them, using the Ohio discovery of TNT as the basis, creating an entire human baby whose embryo can be nurtured and carried through pregnancy by a mother surrogate. (via: Daily Mail)
Luckily this freaky stuff is still in the conceptual stage. Do you think making robot surrogate that would be capable of carrying a human baby to term is immoral? What about mixing human DNA with robot “DNA?” At one point should we draw the line?