Artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands has bold predictions:
"My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots."
Levy had just completed his Ph.D. thesis on the subject of human-robot relationship, sex, and marriage:
In his thesis, "Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners," Levy conjectures that robots will become so human-like in appearance, function and personality that many people will fall in love with them, have sex with them and even marry them.
"It may sound a little weird, but it isn't," Levy said. "Love and sex with robots are inevitable."
Levy argues that psychologists have identified roughly a dozen basic reasons why people fall in love, "and almost all of them could apply to human-robot relationships. For instance, one thing that prompts people to fall in love are similarities in personality and knowledge, and all of this is programmable. Another reason people are more likely to fall in love is if they know the other person likes them, and that's programmable too."
But first, you have to let a robot massage your face!