Sex and robots: Talk at Cal Poly focuses on 'love machines'

February 20, 2011 

An ethics professor at Sonoma State University will give a talk at Cal Poly entitled “Robots and Sex: Should we Build a Love Machine.”

John P. Sullins will host a free talk that’s open to the public from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 4 in the Fisher Science (Building 33) Hall in Room 286.

The talk will discuss the sex industry’s tendency toward adopting technology and how that could play out in the use of sex robots.

According to Cal Poly officials, “Sullins will discuss how roboticists and engineers are manipulating human emotions in inventive ways” and he will pose questions of moral limits to exploiting human psychology.

Sullins received his doctorate in 2002 from the Philosophy, Computers and Cognitive Science program at Binghamton University in New York.

For more information, go online to http://ethics.calpoly.edu.

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