If they have empathy with each other, the relationship will reach a balance and reduce the unequal relationship between master and slave.

Writer  Wen Hsieh  15.04.2020  / Photographer Lene Hu

A ccording to Bryson, the metaphor for the relationship between humans and robots is that of a master and slave. (Bryson 2008 , p. 65) However Davio Levy believes that, ” Empathy in robots will be achieved partly by measuring the user’s psychophysiological responses…By converting this empathy into emotional support, robots will be laying the foundations for behaviour patterns that will enhance their relationships with their users .” (Davio Levy 2007, p87) Namely, the behaviour of the sexbot depends on that of her user. Positively, if they have empathy with each other, the relationship will reach a balance and reduce the unequal relationship between master and slave. Because of this concept, personally I would like to discuss mutual love at the first stage of my research about sexbots. If our view of life is not built on a mutual foundation, the potential for our behaviour to become distorted leading to sexual abuse, objectifying the female image, and disrespect is high.

 

There are further doubts, such as how a human can love a non human, an object without consciousness. The relationship between humans and sex robots is based on domination and obedience, in that case, can the relationship be called mutual love?

 

T he definition of mutual love: given love and received love in a reciprocal way. You might seriously question how humans and sex robots can mutually love. You might believe that a “non human-to-human” relationship does not work, that non humans do not have a soul, therefore a “non human-to-human” relationship is one-way love. If your definition of mutual love is one that occurs in the conscious species, then you are correct. However, in eastern philosophy, there is a belief that everything in the world (both objects and creatures), have a soul. ( 西升經)Under this concept, everything has the capacity to love and to be loved. Also importantly, some users treat their love-dolls as if they were their wives, and they believe mutual love works for them. Thus, I support the idea that mutual love between sexbots and humans is real, the sexbots’ feelings are the users’ reality, the physical human image of the sexbot is an illusion.

 

In eastern philosophy, there is a belief that everything in the world (both objects and creatures), have a soul.

 

T he second question that arises is whether the relationship between humans and sex robots is based on domination and obedience, in that case, is the relationship called mutual love? In a human to human relationship, there are many ways to get along with each other, domination and obedience is one of the models. Some people are satisfied with it, but for others it results in violence. Indeed, it is true that domination and obedience belong to the relationship between the top and the bottom, which is difficult to associate with mutual love. In this unbalanced relationship, problems such as sexual abuse, objectifying the female image and disrespect emerge, which worries people. Thus, addressing the concerns, I created an intervention which challenges the perception and taboo around the domination and obedience of human and sexbot relationships, and to analyse what users and non-users think about and their behaviours.

 

A ll in all, technically, the relationship between users and sexbots is artificial love, but I would still call it mutual love. Why not give our blessings to them if a human is falling in love with his bot in a positive way? However, non users are concerned about the influence of the authoritarian relationship between domination and obedience on the human world. Basically, the sexbot is not the real issue. The point is how users treat their bots.

 

 

 

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-Bryson J (2008) Robots should be slaves. In: Wilks Y (ed) Close engagements with artificial companions. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp 63–74)
– Davio Levy ( 2007) Love and Sex with robot : the evolution of human- robot relationship . Published by Harper Collins (p54-p104)
-《西升經》云:「道非獨我,萬物皆有之。」唐代道士成玄英說:「夫大道自然,造物均等。」

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