‘Love and Sex with Robots’ workshop not promoting sex, organiser says

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — The controversial Love and Sex with Robots workshop scheduled in Johor in November does not aim to promote sexual acts, one of its organisers said.

Local daily The Star reported co-chair of the event, Prof Adrian David from City University London, as saying that the title of the workshop, part of the Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology 2015 Conference, was based on a book titled Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships written by Dr David Levy, who is also co-chair of the workshop.

“We are not promoting any sexual act. In fact, it could have been quite a boring workshop until all this controversy cropped up,” David was quoted saying.

“This is purely an academic conference, whereby professors from other countries gather and discuss a topic and submit their research papers,” he added.

According to a synopsis of the Love and Sex with Robots book on Amazon, Levy, described as a leading expert in artificial intelligence, argues that robots will become objects of human desire and companionship sooner than expected.

David reportedly said the other three workshops at the Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology 2015 Conference were animal computer interaction, a children’s workshop on how to use computer games for teaching, and multi-model computer sensing.

A check by Malay Mail Online on the Love and Sex with Robots congress’s website showed that the planned discussion topics include robot emotions, humanoid robots, clone robots, entertainment robots, robot personalities, teledildonics and intelligent electronic sex hardware.

National news agency Bernama reported Iskandar Regional Development Authority as saying last month that it did not support the “Love and Sex with Robots” congress that is scheduled in Iskandar Johor on November 16.