According to former Google executive Mo Gawdat, the convergence of virtual reality and augmented reality may lead to sex dolls that seem "alive." The risk of this, Gawdat said, could result in a "very significant redesign of love and relationships."
"If we think a few years further and think of Neuralink and other ways of connecting directly to your nervous system, why would you need another being in the first place?" Gawdat speculated while appearing on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.
"We get lost in those conversations of 'Are they alive? Are they sentient?'" Gawdat said. "Doesn't matter: If my brain believes they are, they are."
"Just think about all of the illusions that we're now unable to decipher," he noted. "Does it really matter if the Morgan Freeman talking to you on the screen is actually Morgan Freeman or an AI-generated avatar, if you're convinced that it is Morgan Freeman?"
Gawdat explained the science behind how sex registers inside the human brain and how simulating human sexual intimacy is easier than one might think, saying that some people could experience sexual satisfaction simply through virtual reality headsets such as Apple's Vision Pro or Meta's Quest 3, according to the outlet.
"If we can convince you that this sex robot is alive, or that sex experience in a virtual reality headset or an augmented reality headset is alive," Gawdat argued, "it's real. Then, there you go."
"It's all signals in your brain that you enjoy companionship, and sexuality, and if you really want to take the magic out of it, it can be simulated," he said. "Just like we can now simulate very, very easily how to move muscles. There are so many ways where you can copy the brain signals that would move your hand in a certain way and just give it back to your hand and it will move the same way."
The former Google executive explained that as technology improves, people could form companionships with AI that can mimic real-life dating; such as texting or messaging via dating apps.
"And because there is money in it, what would what would prevent the next dating app from giving you avatars to date? A lot of people will try it," he said.
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