Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots
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Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots, by Kate Devlin, is a mostly pleasant but somewhat superficial romp through an interesting landscape of sex dolls and the (mostly) men who love them.
Devlin is a fine writer, and is clearly knowledgeable about the topic, but focuses on chronicling her personal journey of discovery, the sympathetic people she meets and the curious places she finds herself in — so get ready for lots of descriptions of factories and ...more
Highly entertaining read full of wit and intelligence, covering all the aspects of sex robots, from their construction to AI to the implications for society.
There is a strong undercurrent of balanced, sex-positive, feminism running through the book. I loved that, but I suspect it may be a turn off for a lot of idiots... Although they're unlikely to pick up the book in the first place.
Towards the end o ...more
Good exploration of some origins of the idea of sex bots in fiction and what that means. Is it about the robot, the human, subservience or ... what ...more
Content covered included both speculative ideas on what the future of sex robots, including both humanoid looking ones, but also future sex tech with robotic like features, could be. It also provided societal considerations on the a ...more
The book begins with a look back at early sex toys. The most hard to forget is the sailor’s lady made of leather and fabric and shared around the ship, ahead of the Fleshlight by hundreds of years. It continues by covering automata, mechanical robots programmed to appear spontaneous. Eventually, it arrives at sex dolls, some of which can do robot appearing tricks but are closer to ...more
Turned On is at its best when Dr. Devlin is talking about her personal experiences running events and gatherings, defending her positions and doing her best to assemble data in a field where objective, quantifiabl
Right away in the intro there’s humor and self-awareness, which is a good harbinger. Actually, the title starts that with a pretty good pun. From there it delves into the ancient history of dild ...more
The book discusses philosophical and ethical issues that could be raised by creating sort of a 3D version of porn. Or maybe it's not porn, and it's for people who are looking for companionship or a "relationship" with an object. Ther ...more
by Kate Devlin
I heard the au on a BBC world service program on Sat Oct 27 2018 on sex robots.
KD was part of a three way conversation which soon turned to comparing the idea of sex robot partners to sex toys and to porn, at which point both women got defensive and started to use the same memes that sex negative feminists use to claim there is something wrong with male sexuality. In my opinion that is mostly envy of male sexual autonomy. If they reall ...more
Devlin speaks of intimacy and sensuality in a technologically advanced world in a daring, cheeky, yet chirpy tone, perhaps like a person who spends a lot of time at cons. It refers back to Haile Liebermann’s Buzz, which I enjoyed quite a lot; yet, on their own, darts around time and topics far too quickly, so it’s more like a speedy catch-all that touches on numerous topics, rather than a true ...more