Category Archives: Idle Chit-Chat

The goddess and the sexbot

I have a copper figurine that I bought nineteen years ago in Athens. I paid more for it than I realised at the time, but it’s worth far more to me than I paid. While it does have a certain … Continue reading

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That which we call a sexbot

Sexbot. Fembot. Gynoid. What’s the difference? Aren’t fembots just sexbots with nipple guns? And gynoid sounds like a disease of the testicles… Limiting the discussion to mechanical robots of humanoid appearance, excluding therefore sex-robots (see Disgusting – Sexbots? Or humans?) … Continue reading

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Disgusting – Sexbots? Or humans?

I have been reading A Perspective on Disgust (Rozin & Fallon, 1987). The focus is on food generally, but includes anything that may touch and potentially contaminate the body – such as semen. For example, something that has been produced/possessed/touched … Continue reading

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The Stepford Horizon

In Ira Levin’s 1972 The Stepford Wives, a group of husbands conspire to replace their wives with robot duuplicates. The leader of this conspiracy is Dale Coba, a former Disney engineer. In a case of life imitating art, last week … Continue reading

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Another Super Rant – What the ’El?

While it’s great to have a prominent and positive lesbian relationship in Supergirl, I can’t help feeling the message is: “Kara is (and always will be) 100% straight, but we’ll let you have the sister.” This insistence on Kara’s straightness … Continue reading

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Definition of Irony

From BBC News, quoting The Times: [Mrs May] said: “The SNP is trying to force the UK government to agree to something that is fundamentally unfair to the Scottish people. “It wants to ask them to make a crucial decision … Continue reading

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The humanisation of ‘ex machina-ry

As a fan of science fiction from a young age, I have long been fascinated by tales of artificial intelligence. Isaac Asimov’s extensive use of robots as core characters made famous the Three Laws of Robots: A robot may not … Continue reading

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