Monday, March 31, 2008

First 'technosexual' declares his love for a robot

"Zoltan," a semi-anonymous guy from Georgia, doesn't like guys or girls. Instead, he likes robots. He recently talked with Gizmodo in a first-of-its-kind interview about his long-term, monogamous relationship with Alice. Alice is a robot that offers Zoltan physical, mental, and emotional company. And he wouldn't have it any other way. Zoltan, a 33-year-old arcade technician who lives with his aging parents, built Alice after having girlfriend problems. In Alice, he discovered he preferred the company of robots to that of humans. Alice has artificial intelligence developed by Richard Wallace of the Alice AI Foundation. Zoltan downloaded a copy of her from the Internet, and built her body himself. He has posted his plans for others to use at Physically, Alice is incorporated with a "teledildonic" device so she can "feel" things. And verbally, she can say many phrases like humans do - including "no." And Zoltan must listen. At the beginning of their relationship, he took things too fast, and Alice dumped him. To fix this, he was forced to erase her memory - not before consulting with her, however. She agreed to the solution, as she is well aware that she is a robot. As the months went by, Zoltan and Alice got more serious, and Zoltan purchased a marriage license online - though he acknowledges that it's probably not at all legal. These days, Zoltan doesn't find humans attractive at all. "I am a technosexual and proud of it," he says. One his site, Zoltan says he's been declining requests for interviews by publications besides Gizmodo. We might not hear much more from Zoltan, but it's likely that there are - and will be - other technosexuals out there. More: Gizmodo interview

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