Sex dolls are about to get smart: Inventor wants to add AI to realistic adult toys so they can talk and think for themselves, the Daily Mail reports.
The world of sex dolls is about to get even stranger.
A project, dubbed Realbotix, is creating intelligent dolls that can communicate realistically with their owners.
The project's creator hopes the sex dolls will eventually be able to think for themselves, while satisfying the customer's physical needs.
Realbotix is the invention of Matt McMullen who is best known for creating 'Real Dolls', which are life-like silicone dolls that have become popular in the industry.
McMullen boasts he has sold over 5,000 life-size dolls since 1996, with prices from $5,000 (£3,200) to $10,000 (£6,200).
As part of his new project, McMullen is focusing on developing convincing AI on a robotic head that can blink and open and close its mouth.
According to a report in the New York Times, he hopes to integrate the dolls with mobile apps so that they can act as virtual assistants.
Virtual reality headsets could also be used separately or alongside the physical doll.
The dolls will also build on the Real Doll creation by adding what McMullen calls a 'customisable programming of personality'.
'The hope is to create something that will actually arouse someone on an emotional, intellectual level, beyond the physical,' he said.
In a video by the New York Times, one of the new dolls, Harmony, describes herself as 'a prototype of a very exciting new form of adult companionship'.
McMullen's plans have unnerving parallels to Alex Garland's recent sci-fi thriller Ex Machina which explores the relationship between a female humanoid robot named Ava and a programmer, Caleb.
When a sex doll complains about headache it is kind of pointless, ha ha!
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