'Robots and Sex: Should We Build a Love Machine' topic of ethics talk at Cal Poly next month

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

John P. Sullins will host a free talk that’s open to the public on March 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Fisher Science (Building 38) 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. In his book "Love + Sex With Robots," David Levy argues that human love and sex can be engineered into a robot, and not only would these machines be psychologically pleasing, but their users might even prefer them to human partners.

According to Cal Poly officials, “Sullins will discuss how roboticists and engineers are manipulating human emotions in inventive ways” and 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.

--Nick Wilson