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Special Issue "Love and Sex with Robots"

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A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2016)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Professor Adrian David Cheok

Director of the Imagineering Institute, Iskandar Malaysia and Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London, UK
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Interests: mixed reality; multisensory telepresence; sensors; pervasive computing
Guest Editor
Dr. Cristina Portalés Ricart

Institute of Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies (IRTIC), Universitat de València, Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 13, València 46010, Spain
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Interests: computer vision; HCI; augmented reality; multispectral imaging; 3D reconstruction; multimodal data acquisition and rendering
Guest Editor
Dr. Chamari Edirisinghe

Research Fellow, Imagineering Institute, Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia
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Interests: social and cultural computing; smart urban environments; social robotics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advancement in technology and human–computer/human–robot interaction is opening new avenues in research and leading to novel, and unconventional, relationships between machines and humans. Further fuelled by the media, by their portrayal of those relationships, and in most cases undesirably, there is an increasing interest among both the general public and academia regarding human–robot relationships. At this point, where the discourse regarding human–robot intimate relationships has turned to moral and ethical rationalizations, it is imperative for the academia to explore the various approaches to this topic in a compilation of academic writings.

From a research point of view, there are many aspects that should be addressed. One aspect is the technological innovations which are soaring each day with new developments. Humanoid robots are more and more in the conversations, leading the dialogues towards the rights of robots. This is the other facet of this topic, the discussion on whether it is morally and ethically correct for humans to develop relationships with robots and the ensuing issues with this development. It is important to understand these various approaches, and the societal discourse on diverse concerns.

This Special Issue aims to provide a collection of high quality research articles that address broad challenges in both theoretical and applied aspects of the relationships between humans and robots/machines that involve human feelings and emotions, including love and sex. The question “where is the limit?” will be an essential question that is asked to be explored and experimented with as part of this Special Issue.

This Special Issue is intended to cover the following topics, but is not limited to them:

  • Robot Emotions
  • Humanoid Robots
  • Clone Robots
  • Entertainment Robots
  • Robot Personalities
  • Teledildonics
  • Intelligent Electronic Sex Hardware
  • Gender Approaches
  • Affective Approaches
  • Psychological Approaches
  • Sociological Approaches
  • Roboethics
  • Philosophical Approaches
  • Moral and Ethical Approaches

Prof. Adrian David Cheok
Dr. Cristina Portalés Ricart
Dr. Chamari Edirisinghe
Guest Editors

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

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Open AccessReview Familiar and Strange: Gender, Sex, and Love in the Uncanny Valley
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2017, 1(1), 2; doi:10.3390/mti1010002
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 19 December 2016 / Accepted: 21 December 2016 / Published: 4 January 2017
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Early robotics research held that increased realism should result in increased positivity of the interactions between people and humanoid robots. However, this turned out to be true only to a certain point, and researchers now recognize that human interactions with highly realistic humanoid
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Early robotics research held that increased realism should result in increased positivity of the interactions between people and humanoid robots. However, this turned out to be true only to a certain point, and researchers now recognize that human interactions with highly realistic humanoid robots are often marked by feelings of disgust, fear, anxiety, and distrust. This phenomenon is called the Uncanny Valley. In a world in which Artificial Companions are increasingly likely, and even desired, engineering humanoid robots that avoid the Uncanny Valley is of critical importance. This paper examines theories of the uncanny, and focuses on one in particular—that humans subconsciously appraise robots as potential sexual partners. Drawing from work on love, sexuality, and gender from a variety of fields, this paper speculates on possible futures in a world of intimate companionships between humans and machines. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Too Sexy to Compute: A demographic analysis of the likelihood to have sex with a robot
Author: Riley Richards
Abstract: Research in the field of empirical studies on human-to-sex-robot relationships is nearly non-existent even though the first anticipated full functional AI humanoid robot is suggested to go on the market later this year. The current manuscript seeks to answer where the limit is to what kind of person is more likely to have sex with a robot over another. Data was collected across the United States from 136 adults in an online survey. Results indicate non-religious men living and/or growing up in an urban environment are more likely than any other demographic to have sex with a robot. Furthermore, negative attitudes towards robots was a significant negative indicator for women and not for men based on their likelihood to have sex with a robot.

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