Chatbots will allow you to modify your virtual lover’s personality. Yet in the world of sex-tech lovers, already inventors are creating silicone dolls with voices. The male versions squirted oil from a pneumatic tube (yes, there were gay sailors).Funny how it’s always men making pretend women and not the other way around. On its fundraising site, Erotic Chatbots offers in exchange for 0, a personalised ethereally software chatbot that will “talk dirty without limit”, eliminating the cost of chatlines.Eventually, I’ll describe just a few romance focused potential candidates for your Valentine’s day virtual date judging them by the conversation coherency, flirting abilities, and some intellectual stuffing. Invisible Boyfriend/Girlfriend I’ve started with this one because it was the first project I came across on a Valentine’s Day eve in 2015.It seems to be the most commercialized and publicly announced product mentioned in various media. According to their web site, it’s being positioned as a sort of date training machine so that people could use “the service to practice dating, or just gain the confidence to start dating”.Hence, further I’ll provide a list of a few romantic chat bots I came across.Disclaimer: This is a rather “quick-and-dirty” review with somewhat shallow testing that I made out of curiosity (and, I must admit, personal needs… As a brief intro I will mention works of the ones who had already dedicated quite a bit of effort to the subject.Which seems a little bit frustrating knowing that it’ll never happen. Discussion: From the point of view of serving as an anonymous/virtual/bodyless conversation partner, it definitely seems to be able to do the job as this post confirms.What’s inside: The most awkward point about this chat bot is… As the FAQ on the Invisible Boyfriend’s web-site states, “we have real humans playing your boyfriend on the other side”. It has a feature of selecting interests and personality traits which seems just as what one might expect. Bot Libre Romance Bot Collection A very vast collection of decent chat bots with romantic mood comes from Bot Libre.
Pros: From the snaps of conversations available, it seems that this chat bot is capable of maintaining a “nice” (i.e., not being too cheesy and hitting) and coherent conversation Cons: Most of the conversation scenarios I came across lead to setting up an actual date by specifying time and place.
We can take it as a matter of fact that the movies ‘Her’ (2013) and ‘Ex Machina’ (2015) set the expectations of how a full-fledged AI romantic-oriented bot should converse… Futurist and AI thought leader Ray Kurzweil suggests that this level of conversational interaction is plausible by 2029.
Yet it might or might not be here sooner given that a Tinder bot based on Ex Machina’s main character AI seems to have been able to convince a few unassuming nerds at the SXSW’2015 event.
Yet whatever I dug into also was not as eloquent as the above mentioned movies suggest (apart from the first item on the least which yet cannot be judged on the same scale as you’ll see).
I also skipped Slack’s and Facebook bots because AFAIK romantic chat is not their primary goal although they might be quite good at it as a side effect.
Most people (58 per cent) were using sex toys, but when does a vibrator turn into a full sexual experience with sex-tech lover?