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Artificial Intimacy: Virtual Friends, Digital Lovers, and Algorithmic Matchmakers

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What happens when the human brain, which evolved over eons, collides with twenty-first-century technology? Machines can now push psychological buttons, stimulating and sometimes exploiting the ways people make friends, gossip with neighbors, and grow intimate with lovers. Sex robots present the humanoid face of this technological revolution—yet although it is easy to gawk at their uncanniness, more familiar technologies based in artificial intelligence and virtual reality are insinuating themselves into human interactions. Digital lovers, virtual friends, and algorithmic matchmakers help us manage our feelings in a world of cognitive overload. Will these machines, fueled by masses of user data and powered by algorithms that learn all the time, transform the quality of human life?

Artificial Intimacy offers an innovative perspective on the possibilities of the present and near future. The evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks explores the latest research on intimacy and desire to consider the interaction of new technologies and fundamental human behaviors. He details how existing artificial intelligences can already learn and exploit human social needs—and are getting better at what they do. Brooks combines an understanding of core human traits from evolutionary biology with analysis of how cultural, economic, and technological contexts shape the ways people express them. Beyond the technology, he asks what the implications of artificial intimacy will be for how we understand ourselves.

Συγγραφέας: Brooks Rob
Εκδότης: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Σελίδες: 304
ISBN: 9780231200943
Εξώφυλλο: Σκληρό Εξώφυλλο
Αριθμός Έκδοσης: 1
Έτος έκδοσης: 2021

Introduction: In the beginning …
1. Meet the dollbots
2. It’s not about the robot
3. Groom your friends
4. The intimacy algorithm
5. How did sex become so complicated?
6. When artificial intimacy goes bad
7. Ploughs, pills and porn: How technology changes sex
8. Tomorrow’s moral panic will be just like yesterday’s
9. Make war not love
10. A Fembot army to disarm the InCel insurrection
11. There’s no such thing as free love
12. A future in four fictions
Acknowledgments
References
Notes
Index

Rob Brooks is Scientia Professor of Evolution at the University of New South Wales, where he founded and directed the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre. He is the author of Sex, Genes, & Rock ’n’ Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World (2011).

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