Malaysia said “no thanks” to hosting the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, so it will now be held in London at Goldsmiths University on the 19th and 20th of December.
Seminars and discussions at the conference will focus on topics ranging from humanoid robots and teledildonics, a fancy word for cybersex toys, to electronic sex hardware.
‘Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners,’ a statement from Goldsmiths says.
The convention website offers a bit more insight:
[su_quote]The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots provides an excellent opportunity for academics and industry professionals to present and discuss their innovative work and ideas in an academic symposium. The second international congress is inviting the submission of full papers and short papers to its symposium to be held in the city of London.[/su_quote]
Goldsmith’s Kate Devlin, author of an essay called, “In Defense of Sex Robots,” told the Daily Star of Britain, “I think robots could become our lovers in the future. Does love have to be reciprocated to be valid?”
Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men,” Devlin said.
Registration is open for anyone wishing to attend, but it ain’t cheap: £200 ($244) for full registration, and £125 ($152) for students. Yah, you read that right.
More info at: www.loveandsexwithrobots.org