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More lonely men are turning to virtual assistants for love and dirty talk

By midian182 · 61 replies
Oct 28, 2016
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  1. Many people are fans of female-voiced virtual assistants such as Siri; some may even say they love them. But there are an increasing number of lonely individuals who have formed an infatuation with these AIs and are turning to them for companionship and “sexually explicit” conversations.

    That’s the opinion of Ilya Eckstein, the CEO of Robin Labs. He told The Times that Robin - his company's own virtual assistant – was being used by some people an excessive amount of times each day, and often for the kind of conversations you shouldn’t be having with a machine.

    "There are guys who talk to Robin 300 times a day. This happens because people are lonely and bored. It's mostly teenagers and truckers who don't have girlfriends. They really need an outlet,” Eckstein said. "It's a symptom of our society. As well as the people who want to talk dirty, there are men who want a deeper sort of relationship or companionship."

    Eckstein said that around 5 percent of conversations with Robin are of an explicit nature, while a third of interactions with the AI take place for no reason – users just want to talk to ‘someone.’

    The strange practice goes beyond teenagers trying to get a machine to talk dirty (there are entire YouTube videos dedicated to it), or long-distance truckers desperate for a conversation - even one involving an AI. Eckstein said there are those who use the virtual assistants to act out their fantasies.

    "People want to flirt, they want to dream about a subservient girlfriend, or even a sexual slave. It may just be more for laughs, or something deeper underneath the surface," he said.

    Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana, also has to fend off its share of unwelcome advances from lonely men. Speaking at this year’s Virtual Assistant Summit, Deborah Harrison, one of the AIs writers, said that "a good chunk of the volume of early-on inquiries" were about Cortana’s sex life.

    Humans forming intimate relations with machines has been the subject of many TV shows and movies, and as technology becomes increasingly advanced and AI more human-like, it’s not surprising to learn people are using virtual assistants for more than just restaurant bookings and directions.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,494   +1,295

    I mean... I should be surprised...
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  3. Not surprised. The social scene has changed and with the constant assault on men in this country, I would expect this trend only to continue.

    Here's a prime example:

    "Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana, also has to fend off its share of unwelcome advances from lonely men."

    Frames the guys in this story as aggressors. How does an AI, which doesn't have consciousness or wants, fend off something unwelcome? Hint: It can't, because its just a bunch of code.

    That being said...Guys who talk to machines have clearly given up. Zero game and no desire to develop it. Sad.
    kgbme and rpjkw11 like this.
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,967   +1,230

    Does not surprise me one bit. Considering how it is today, if you give a woman a compliment, she's more likely to charge you with sexual harassment, than to say thank you. Also, we've started to become an introverted society, staring at the phone, rather than each other. How many times, do you see a group of people, all sitting together actively on their phones, rather than talking to each other.
    kgbme, Johnnyblaze1957, sauri and 3 others like this.
  5. They forgot the scene (in the video) where his computer gets hacked and it ALL gets dumped onto the Net
    work the next day and meeting with your friends suddenly gets a little tough LOL
    kgbme likes this.
  6. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +288

    Real life women need to take note and start getting their sh*t together. Pretty soon men will have a legitimate option besides real women. It won't be long before AI will prove to be a better companion then real life women. AI won't nag you to do chores and stupid projects. You'll never have to go to your AI's mother's house for thanksgiving. AI won't have that time of the month. Not to mention, they already make hyper realistic sex dolls. There are interviews with the creators of these dolls who says their end goal is to have fully animatronic sex dolls. Combine AI, hyper realistic sex dolls and virtual reality and it literally might be better to get down with a machine than a real woman. Keep in mind, when you're done with the machine it'll have an off button, a feature that real women will simply never be able to match.

    Now consider the target market. What percentage of people would choose a machine over a woman? Only the losers right? Well how many losers are there in society? Do you think it's 3% of the population? Or is it 5% or 8% of the population? If all of the sudden 7 or 8 percent of the population no longer needed to even try to get laid because they had a better option... what would happen to society? All of the sudden the tides have turned. Women no longer have this crazy upper hand over us men. Now since there are more available women then men, the women have to fight harder to find a mate. We will essentially remove the power that p*ssy has over men and force women to get their sh*t together and start acting reasonable and rational. The days of having to deal with emotional women and their hormonal problems they get to blame their bad behaviors on will be over soon.

    Imagine being able to tell your AI girlfriend to shut up and it actually does, and doesn't get mad at you, and still lets you hit it before bed.
  7. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +17

    I liked the relevancy of Her movie trailer here ;)
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,400   +3,793

    Our entire society strongly discourages face to face interaction. Laws now make many men timid of even talking to a woman, much less asking her out. No more Ice Cream socials, few single clubs and on and on. We are a sexually motivated species, yet we are doing everything possible (even if not intentional) to discourage propagation of the species. Is it really a surprise now?
  9. Feminism has ruined American women's prospects. "Empowerment" at the cost of literally everything else. Average guys have begun to check out, and with the dawn of VR fast approaching, even more are going to find an outlet in imagined-but-real experiences. Meanwhile, the above average and high value men will simply travel to Europe or Latin America, where women are still feminine.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    There's institutions for people like that, why don't they use them?
  11. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,768

    Or, perhaps, if you treat a woman as a person instead of as a sex object who has no life outside of what you want, you could actually get laid instead of relying on robots.
  12. oranuro

    oranuro TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +13

    Six from Battle Star Galactica comes to mind.
  13. Weak response.
    JamesSWD likes this.
  14. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,833   +679

    Women like compliments, Women like men. Ya just have to know how. I don't always get it right but more often then not I do. As for the machine affairs...it's civil rights
    davislane1 likes this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,721   +810


    I seriously wonder though, it is claimed it is lonely men but did anyone ever consider the possibility that maybe some men ask female voice "virtual assistants" dirty questions because it is hilarious?
    JamesSWD and davislane1 like this.
  16. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    It probably doesn't help that MS named their ladyvoice digital assistant after the naked blue AI lady from their video games.
    davislane1 likes this.
  17. Very grabable, if pixel girls are your thing:

  18. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +288

    Or perhaps I'll treat my robot broad any kind of way I feel like. I think you're missing the point.
    davislane1 likes this.
  19. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,008   +3,503

    Have you been around lately? Obsessive burping, poop jokes, eating like a pig. In America, most traces of any femininity are gone from the younger generation. It's almost like a role reversal, only Woman are still prioritized by the law (like when it comes to child support, the draft, and employment among other things that have been around for a long time).
    Burty117, davislane1 and EClyde like this.
  20. Woke post is woke.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,976   +4,010

    80% of the music I listen to, has a female singer. The nice thing about that is, when you want her to shut up, you go push the "stop button".

    I've been around quite a while. What I've found is this; women only have two places they can effectively "shut", and it's the mouth which never goes on "time out". I find it amazing that people can get paid to comment on, or study this, call it what you will.
    The simple fact of the matter here is, the government(s), not only want to find out and legislate what's going on in your actual bedroom, now they've taken an interest in your virtual bedroom as well!! :eek::eek::eek: That's pretty scary.

    The reality is, "Cortana", or, "Siri", can be the "trophy wife", you're too homely, too busy, or too poor to even dream about, "treating as a person".

    I mean really, you can't tell me, "The Donald", didn't buy "The Missus", those DD's for XXX-mas.

    So, my question to you is, "are you finished giving us courses on how you think we should go about getting laid, or is the next installment by paid subscription"? :D
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016
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  22. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    Cost of my iPhone 7 Plus 256GB = $1000

    Cost of street walkers = $50 an hour.

    Cost of meeting women at the bar = $5 per drink. ($4.50 at El Patron - Happy Hour)

    So why is this so difficult???
  23. Many guys these days have zero confidence or game when it comes to women. Being frank or flirty with a woman is a lost art. Too many "evolved" men get hung up trying to figure out trivial nonsense like this:

    Imagine wanting to approach a chick but having to run through a mental compliance checklist first. Then, hallucinating anyone actually cares about it.

    That's how you wind up with a machine, or as one of these Knights Templar.
  24. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    It's a fact:

    Women throw themselves at big, strong, healthy men who behave like pigs to women.

    Women KNOW he's in a relationship - and give him their number anyway.

    Women KNOW he's got a family at home - and give him their number anyway.

    The nice guy. The brainy math specialist. The nerd. The guy who's always gentle and nice to women...

    That guy is the guy who's single till his 40's.
  25. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    Well here's the thing: women ARE sex objects.

    And here's another secret: MEN are too.

    Men are the seed carriers and women are the seed bearers - the flower pots.

    There's truly no other meaning to human life - or any other life - but to reproduce and evolve.

    The secret to life is "not dying". We are all going to die, so reproduction is the only way to cheat death.

    If you look at life through the eyes of a Darwinist: everything makes sense.

    Cortana is someone's idea of a perfect woman. Naked and hourglass figure (I think that's the first time I saw digital nipples on her).

    I look at her and think: O YES - but can you cook?
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016

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