In the first installment of Artificial Love, the general landscape was considered. Now we look at the technology.
Firstly, as everybody sees, computer technology is seemingly forever improving. There are three areas of such that are important here, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and mechatronics.
Of course, most everybody has heard of the Oculus Rift. Such devices provide an immersive view of a virtual world through a totally enveloping headset. As the head turns, the view changes correspondingly, as the head bobs up and down, so does the view. Generating the view with the require lack of delay time requires considerable computational horsepower, but we are there; it can be done with high powered consumer gear. Some products, such as the HTC/Valve entry, allow one to navigate a room. The system knows where the person is (think Playstation Kinect), and a mixture of real and artificial objects can appear in his view. A sexbot/doll for example could have the face of the current hot model/movie star pasted on it. The user could touch the face of the doll and see the face that he wants to see. The same would be true for other anatomical parts (within reason). The question is “how much this type of capability would be of value to a user”? Probably some I would think.
Artificial Intelligence is at the cusp of being able to provide conversations. The user could have a talk with his “woman”. If these projected system were bing sold to women, this capability probably would be a big winner, as women like to talk to their lovers before the act. Though it may also be of benefit to men. It could set the mood, and cement in the fantasy that he was about to love the latest hot model/ movie star.
The third aspect is mechatronics. Let me say that this field is advancing, products are getting more inexpensive; and that you should use your own imagination as to how it may be used in this case. Note that you do not have to think in terms of large gross movement, fine small complex movements are also possible.
It can be done. A somewhat realistic artificial love system is with reach of the consumer in the near future.