Infinite Machines

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Infinite Machines: Part 1 of 2
https://www.ribbonfarm.com/series/infinite-machine/

INTRO: Like the universe, technology, an extension of the self, is expanding fast. The infinite machine is the idea that we’re becoming machine-like through the use of human-like machines. It is a phenomenon at the intersection of automation, labor, gratification, and human desire. In this expansion of technology, I argue that we compromise aspects of our humanity in ways that are hard to see for some, and harder to associate meaning to for others. So the further we ‘progress’, the less we intrinsically understand why we choose to expand... (MORE)

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Infinite Machines (Plasticized Erotica): Part 2 of 2
https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2019/03/25/in...d-erotica/

INTRO: Today, the sexbot industry gives men the inverse of what Barbie gives girls: a sense of control over the opposite sex. Upgrade her to suit your needs. Mostly docile. Never late. She’s yours to keep. This industry isn’t particularly anti-woman, but does reveal an enthusiasm for male freedom through decreased interdependence from the emotional needs of women.

This begs the question: how does the value of synthetic life influence social norms toward natural life? Turns out, it’s complicated.

Sexbots aren’t sentient, therefore have no dignity to uphold.
They give power, but can’t be genuinely influenced.
Pornographic pleasures, but no intimacy.
Control, but no consent.

I could continue, but when examining what’s lost in this emergent future, it seems male users will be inevitably forced to reconcile their desires with real women, legal systems, and the broader public. Individuals are escalating concerns and regulation, and rightfully so... (MORE)
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Quote:Control, but no consent.

I could not operate this way. All about pleasing the partner.

What accessories does one need before having sex with a robot? Oil can? Chamois? Carnauba? Bondo? Spare light bulb? Batteries?
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