A chatbot isn’t a real-life robot, but a programme that uses natural language processing to talk convincingly to humans, via a chat room or an app.
Levy’s earlier, non-sexual chatbots have twice won the Loebner Prize, an annual competition for AI programmes.
The videos follow two male-voiced and female-voiced chatbots as they get to know one another.
He believes the realism of his software will differentiate it from cruder adult chatbots already available online. When Levy published Love and Sex with Robots, the culmination of his years of research into android-human relationships, many thought he was positing machines as a stand-in for human relationships. He said: "I get asked, why is it better to have sex with a robot than with a human?
" There are many existential questions on what ‘love’ might mean with a robot, and what the barriers are. This is the idea that when a synthetic being almost, but not entirely, looks and behaves like a human, the freakier it is.Erotic Chatbots, judging by its demo videos on Indiegogo, might be more funny than scary at this stage.He told Marketing: "It isn’t because it is better to converse with or have a relationship with a chatbot or robot than a human, but because some people can’t create good relationships for themselves.There are lonely people out there." Levy is the research side of Erotic Chatbots, which has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund chatbots that flirt or have pornographic chat with lonely hearts online.The prize is based on the ‘Turing test’, where a judge communicating with a robot via keyboard should have trouble determining whether the machine is human or not.