HealthIamA cyborg presenter of 'Can Robots Love Us?' on BBC Three YouTube & iPlayer. Would you have sex with a robot?, AMA!
Sep 4th 2017 by jamesahyoung • 9 Questions • 92 Points
My short bio: Last year I had a bionic arm made funded by video game company Konami. This year I present a show exploring the more emotional side to our relationship with technology. Could you ever love an advanced robot?
I comment how gaming helped my mental recovery, and explore virtual reality therapy for fears and phobias.
I interview creators of a sexbot, Samantha, who aim to create a companion for human beings, raising interesting questions about our societies' future.
I also speak with researchers helping robots care for our ageing population, and creating psychological AI chatbots to help lessen the huge demand on mental health services.
Watch the show and I can answer your questions here! I have a feeling a lot of them might be to do with the sexbot...
I invite u/rochellebalboa to answer questions about undergoing VR therapy in the show!
Edit: Tues 5th - we are still answering questions
Edited to add blog post about the programme: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/james-young1/can-robots-love-us_b_17907768.html
Hi James, firstly I just wanted to ask if you managed to raise enough funds for the titanium implants you wanted? Also, more on topic, what other roles do you see for AI within our society? Thanks for doing this AMA!
Hello. Nope, I'm still continuing fundraising for titanium bone implants, though I have undergone surgery in 2016 to help create an internalised neural interface. This will compliment a bone implant in controlling a complete bionic arm in the future. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to fundraising, my website has more information on bone titanium implants. jamesahy.com
A lot of what is called AI now is of course not true AI. These applications however will likely continue to take up tasks that require human hours/processing, using the brute force power of machine learning to output something that seems intelligent.
I think those kinds of systems will be implemented to further streamline existing processes, like resource management, shipping, tidying up our potentially wasteful or not super effective human input or basic algorithms. I don't know the details of the system, but one example that comes to mind is traffic management. I cannot wait for the day when insane bog-downs can be alleviated by careful city-wide flow control. https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/17/milton-keynes-ai-traffic/
I think at the moment organisations are collecting so much data from us but we aren't seeing very effective programming taking advantage of it, though we are trying. I'm hoping that in the near future that similar tech to Google's Knowledge Graph will be matured enough to be able to provide us with natural language human-machine interactions. I want devices around us to be able to grab context to understand what we are talking about, being able to problem solve to understand what we mean. That would change relationship with machines quite a bit.