Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus. We're so different in some ways it seems like a complete miracle that relationships last in the first place. But, what if you could literally program your perfect match? Would relationships be easier? It's an interesting question.
Sci-Fi films like "Her" and "Ex Machina" have brought this provoking thought to our attention recently. Each features humans falling in love with a form of artificial intelligence. In the case of "Her," it's an operating system, like Siri. And in the case of "Ex Machina" it's an AI robot in a humanoid form. But, computer scientists say the idea of such relationships isn't that far-fetched. In fact, some even predict that's where we're headed.
Artificial intelligence has come a long way in just the past decade. And, with the incorporation of cloud computing, this form of technology is expected to advance even further. With the wealth of information being stored on a daily basis, AIs could become much more like humans. It's this transition that has scientist speculating. As AIs become more like us, some believe it will be more difficult for humans to differentiate emotions of attraction, even love.
Dr Kevin Curran, a senior member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and a computer scientist at the University of Ulster, explained: "It seems that when these machines do act in ways just like adults, where they can interact and talk in real-time, robots will become the perfect companion. We have got to ask ourselves will robots be re-purposed for companionship? Will humans become intimate with robots? The answer, I believe, is yes."
According to Curran's speculations, humans may even go so far as to petition the government for the right to marry their robots. And, if trends such as this begin to occur, robots may even be redesigned for sexual purposes.
Stop right there. That's way too far - and, frankly - more than anyone wants to hear. But, if Curran and other scientists wind up being right, this could be a possibility in the future.
What do you think? Is this idea too far-fetched to take seriously? Let us know in the comments.