Post by Michael F. Stemper Post by Michael F. Stemper Post by James Nicoll
I Sing the Body Electric: 5 SF Works About Sex and Technology
Jander Panell from _The Robots of Dawn_ wasn't on the list, and
this is probably right, since he wasn't built for such purposes.
errm... it’s a _robot_. Anything not built in, or retrofitted later, isn't
not there. if the robot had the, ahem, required hardware, then it _was_ built
for such purposes, or was at the least fitted with aftermarket mods.
Solaria made *humaniform* robots. This doesn't mean that they were built
as sex toys, any more than the fact that my car has a glove box means
that it was built as a glove storage device.
Your analogy falls flat.
If a robot was made to be capable of having sex, major design decisions and
hardware and, especially, software would have had to be made. A glove box
can, by it’s very existence, be used for multiple purposes, usually
involving the storage of small items. A penis (or vagina) on a robot has one
possible use. (Well, two, if you count decoration.) The robot’s designers
would be adding a dildo (or a fleshlight. or both.) to the basic chassis...
and, like all other parts on the robot, would require manufacturing effort to
build and software to make functional. Robots, even robots with dildos and/or
fleshlights, have no gender. Without software support they will not operate
sexually. They can be used as sex toys, but so can vacuum cleaners and
milking machines (Google is your friend for examples, I saw a few by accident
and I’m _not_ going looking again, some of those pix were... sanguinary. I
can’t imagine what the idiots in question were thinking.) and so can
various other objects. (Google is your friend there too.) Without software
support a robot with a dildo/fleshlight is just a very large, very expensive,
self-propelled masturbation machine... and such robots would not be built
without _extensive_ software support, or the manufacturer would have just
created a whole new class of very expensive liability lawsuits. Either the
‘humaniform’ robots are as smooth in the crotch as Ken and Barbie or they
have lots of software, if only to keep the vendor out of court.
So, yeah, either it’s not equipped or it _was_ built with having sex toy
usage in mind. And retrofiting sex toy packages would also require software
support. There was a reason why I pointed to the graphic... which you