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David Levy, the internationally recognised expert on artificial intelligence, is the President of the International Computer Games Association. In 1997 he led the team that won the world championship for conversational computer software in New York. He is the author of the industry primer, Robots Unlimited. He lives in Hampstead, in North London.

Love & Sex with Robots

The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships

David Levy

David Levy’s thesis, in this utterly fascinating, scholarly and rather uncomfortable book, is essentially that we’ll f**k anything (which we knew), and that we love pretty much anything that looks as though it might love us; or, at least, is blank and malleable enough for us project that idea uponNew Statesman

Oddly - very oddly - fascinating new book ... It’s no mean feat just presenting a prediction as outlandish as that as unabashedly as Levy does. But more impressive still is how coherently he backs it upThe Telegraph

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Written by perhaps the leading expert in artificial intelligence, Love and Sex with Robots is an eye-opening, superbly argued book that explores a new level of human intimacy and relationships with machines.

From Pygmalion falling for his chiselled Galatea, to Dr Frankenstein marvelling at his ‘modern Prometheus’, to the man-meets-machine fiction of Philip K Dick and Michael Crichton, humans have been enthralled by the possibilities of emotional relationships with their technological creations. Synthesizing cutting-edge research in robotics with the cultural history and psychology of artificial intelligence, Love + Sex with Robots explores this fascination, and its far-reaching implications. Using examples drawn from around the world, David Levy argues that, once we have conditioned ourselves to feel affection for animate creations, the next logical step is physical intimacy.

Shocking but utterly convincing, Love + Sex with Robots brings to life these fascinating aspects of science fact, and Levy makes a compelling case that the entities we once deemed cold and mechanical, will soon become the objects of real, human desire.