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This Week in Science: June 1, 2014

While the rest of us were gearing up for summer and firing up the barbecues and whatever it is we do in anticipation of summer, my lovely geeks and nerdlings in the world of science were coming up with stuff like this! 01-06-14

Broadband: http://bit.ly/1lZ3JFX
Virgin Galactic: http://bit.ly/1mEcfMa
Velociraptor robot: http://bit.ly/1kc1wvb
Robot skin: http://bit.ly/1hNPLFO
Driverless cars: http://bit.ly/1gBIqxC
Crowdsourcing: http://bit.ly/1kxU7AK
Dragon capsule: http://bit.ly/1hG7q1V
Aircrafts flown by thought: http://bit.ly/1kRZ4ZE

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OK… This is what I come home to after a nice time away for the Jewish holidays!

Robo-Sex Vacation Tours!

(The new Robo-Stud 3000)

Tourism futurologist (how about THAT for a job?) [1] Ian Yeoman from University of Wellington, New Zealand, said that by 2050 mass tourism would spawn a range of new indoor tourism products. His findings were presented at a tourism conference and in an article in the industry website, Hospitality.net.

In addition to indoor artificial ski centres, circuses, zoos, golf courses and recreated landscapes and gigantic cruise ship, Mr. Yeoman opines that robot ‘prostitutes’ that would not pass on sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV could make an appearance.

(Sex-bots – the ultimate in outsourcing!)

Other opportunities for cheap robo-labour would be robo-waiters at cocktail bars, remote-controlled camera-carrying guard dogs in hotel lobbies, self-cleaning hotel rooms, beds that sensed a guest’s comfort needs and chemical wallpaper that could change colour to suit a guest’s mood.

A study by BetterHumans.com found that 41% of people surveyed would like an android as a human slave. “Robotics will become important, because you’re going to have labour shortages in the future,” Mr. Yeoman said, adding “But you’re talking about extreme futures.”

Extreme indeed! Haven’t these people read I, Robot or at least watched the movie??

(You’re not fooling anyone!)

Mr. Yeoman is not alone. This also is the proposition that David Levy puts forward in his new book Love + Sex with Robots. Renowned futurologist, Ian Pearson has even suggested robots as cyber prostitutes by 2050.

Honestly, people. Get a grip. I mean really.

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[1] Actually, Ian Yeoman is the only one I’ve heard of who does this job. His new book, Tomorrows Tourist, discusses what future tourists will look like in 2030, where they will go on holiday and what they will do.

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