His next offering, if all goes to plan, will be Harmony, a doll so sophisticated that she can make conversation (though we’re not talking Oscar Wilde here; on a first “date”, one of her opening gambits was the line: “Do you masturbate?
”), and among whose features is a self-lubricating vagina that responds to what Susan, the scientist who is programming her, described as “thrust-speed”. As Dr Kathleen Richardson, a robotics expert from De Montfort University noted in the two nanoseconds she was given to make her point, what the world needs right now is a male accessory that reduces women to a series of parts, whose “voices” they can turn on and off at will.
Bots are already scheduling meetings, ordering meals, and analyzing bank accounts.
They’re now well on their way to becoming our full-time virtual assistants.
That means they must now suffer the indignities unethical bosses inflict on their human assistants, especially sexual harassment.