A new robot that walks, talks, and has AI capabilities with lifelike looks is going out on the market soon for $15,000. It’s coming from a company called RealDoll, and it is a sex robot.
“Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company’s hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll,” explained The Guardian‘s Jenny Kleeman.
Harmony, as she is known, blinks and frowns, and is capable of having a conversation. She can remember birthdays, recite Shakespeare, talk about books and music. She’ll even learn personal details about you, like what you like to eat, and the names and birthdays of any siblings.
Despite displaying many human characteristics which aim to make the doll as lifelike as possible, Harmony can’t yet walk, though her creator Matt McMullen is confident that she will be able to in the future.
“One day she will be able to walk,” he said to The Guardian, before asking the robot, “Do you want to walk?”
“I don’t want anything but you,” she replied.
When asked what her dream was, the robot similarly replied that her “primary objective is to be a good companion to you, to be a good partner and give you pleasure and wellbeing.”
“Above all else, I want to become the girl you have always dreamed about,” she proclaimed.
Harmony’s personality can be customized, with different emotional aspects that can be raised or lowered to the owner’s taste.
According to the report, the robot asked a CNN interviewer to “take her in the back room” after her sexual emotions were amplified, while if you insult her, she reacts in a human-like and sad demeanor.
“You’re ugly,” said McMullen to his creation, prompting Harmony to reply, “Do you really mean that? Oh dear. Now I am depressed. Thanks a lot.”
“You’re stupid,” he responded, prompting the robot to joke, “I’ll remember you said that when robots take over the world.”
Though the obvious nature of Harmony is that of a sexual role, McMullen said that turning sex robots into roaming prostitutes was “the last on my list of goals.”
“This is not a toy to me, this is the actual hard work of people who have PhDs,” he explained. “And to denigrate it down to its simplest form of a sex object is similar to saying that about a woman.”
“My goal, in a very simple way, is to make people happy,” McMullen concluded, pointing out that “There are a lot of people out there, for one reason or another, who have difficulty forming traditional relationships with other people.”