Sex robot with programmable moods launched - which personality would you choose?

'Moody' sex robot could be jealous of your female Facebook friends but Apple and Google won't carry the explicit app

The new Harmony sex doll has a personality you can program using a smartphone app, so the doll will treat you mean or be more loving, depending on your desire

A sex doll manufacturer has created an app that allows users to pick their desired personality for their companion to make it more like a real woman.
The app can be used with the doll, or independently as a virtual person on a smartphone.
Users can choose from a variety of personality options, including moody, angry and loving.
The app that powers Harmony is already available to buy, although only directly from the Realbotix website.
Neither Google's nor Apple's official stores will carry it because of the explicit content.
The personality "jealous" means the doll asks owners, for example, to "remove that girl from Facebook" while users can also choose "happy, affectionate and talkative".

In less than 40 years people may want to marry sex robots just like Harmony 
The company has sold 4,000 of the £7k dolls 

The development comes from RealDoll who make Harmony, a new type of sex doll - one that can move and talk.
Her head, eyelids and lip movements are fairly crude and her conversation is even more limited.
But she is part of a new robotics revolution that is seeing artificial intelligence incorporated into an extremely human-like body.
Some think that it will revolutionise the way humans interact with robots while others think it represents the very worst in robotic advancement.

The BBC visited RealDoll's unassuming factory on the outskirts of San Marcos, California.
In reception, two lifelike characters - in business suits rather than underwear - wait to greet visitors, and the lobby wall is full of photos of beautiful women which, only on very close inspection, reveal themselves to be of dolls.
Matt McMullen, the chief executive of Abyss Creations, which makes RealDoll, has a background in art and sculpture and is keen for his products to look as lifelike as possible.

Realbotix is a spin-off of Abyss Creations, a company located in the wealthy town of San Marcos in Southern California claiming to manufacture "the world's finest love dolls". 

He told the BBC's Jane Wakefield: "Many people who may buy a RealDoll because it is sexually capable come to realise it is much more than a sex toy," he said. "It has a presence in their house and they imagine a personality for her. AI gives people the tools to create that personality."
Mr McMullen claims that Harmony learns from her users but when tech reporter Jane Wakefield ask Harmony what it feels like to be jealous, she apologises and says that she "needs to improve [her] skills".

Inside the sex doll factory 

The doll will go on sale later this year and there will be two versions - one with computer vision that enables it to recognise faces, which will cost $10,000 (£7,700) - and a cheaper version without vision for $5,000.

The factory currently makes dolls for clients around the world, mostly men although it claims to have a handful of female clients.
All of the dolls conform to a particular idea of beauty - they are Barbie-like, with tiny waists, large bottoms and even larger breasts.
Mr McMullen says the design is driven by clients.

Matt McMullen makes sex dolls 

"We are running a business and most of our clients have a certain wish list. The unfortunate reality is that that is rather idealistic," he said.
Despite sounding a bit odd Mr McMullen says his clients are "completely normal", claiming some even come to collect their dolls with their wives but admitted later that many of them choose sex dolls because they cannot form relationships with ordinary women.

He said: "Many people are isolated and alone but they were probably that way already. For people who are lonely and find it hard to form a relationship, this is another option. But I've never looked at the dolls or the robot as a replacement."
He himself does not own a sex doll, saying he has instead "a real human wife and kids".
Not everyone thinks sex robots are a good idea, Prof Kathleen Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University, Leicester, spends her time looking at the impact such machines might have on society and she is appalled by the rise of them.

You can give the dolls the personality of your choosing 

She said: "There are seven billion people on our planet and we are having a crisis in people forming relationships. And companies are coming along and profiting from this by saying objects can take the place of a human being.
"We live in a world that objectivises sex through prostitution. Humans are used like tools, and sex dolls are an extension of this."
She is dismissive of the new AI-enabled doll, adding: "The idea that adding artificial intelligence adds something human to a doll is wrong. There is more artificial intelligence in my washing machine than in this doll and just because it has a face and a body doesn't make it human."

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