Fantasy chatbots sex
Welcome to the world of computer-assisted self-bondage (LINK IS VERY VERY NSFW! Using Arduinos, Heath Robinson-esque contraptions involving keys held in CD trays, and Bluetooth-enabled electrostim machines, men and women have programmed their own doms or dommes.
A truly merciless dominant who will randomly please or hurt, and there's nothing the user can do about it.
Even the name “Sensation Bot,” while perhaps softening “sexual” to “sensual,” evokes a certain amount of eroticism.
Whether or not Sensation Bot is actually sexy depends on how much you like stock phrases and porn cliches.
(There's a Terminator misquote here that I'm desperately trying not to make.) Meanwhile, there are dozens of other people who are attempting to chat up a slightly different state machine.
Some of the more advanced ads actually take the user to a landing page where a very, very crude script will respond to them. Indeed, the film I just released, DANGEROUS TREASURES, came very close to being called BOUND THINGS instead—it's a story of a couple of geeks who follow clues on a deepweb occult forum which lead them to have a lengthy and bloody interaction with the bound guardian of the treasure they're robbing.
And the binding and summoning of guardians is key to the entire thing (hopefully not spoiling it too much! (Amusingly for the topic of this post, the reason we didn't call it BOUND THINGS is that it sounded rather too porny.) Accidentally, I seem to have hit something of a zeitgeist with this one.
Because in Silicon Valley, I'm reliably informed, the Wave Of The Future is exactly this: summoned, intelligent servants which you can control if you know their True Name.
Tay was nothing approaching a true artificial intelligence -- i.e. She was just a sophisticated Twitter chatbot with good branding and a capacity to learn.
But that branding, which positioned her as an "artificial intelligence," was enough to make Tay susceptible to our cultural narrative about the thinking machine.