Is Artificial As Good As Real?

Another Sunday and I do not have anything important to do…..my better half and I will spend it doing what adults do (take that anyway you choose)…..

Speaking of things adult do……..

Yesterday I watched a movie entitled “Ex Machina”…basically a thriller with a sexual cyborg…..after watching the movie I got to thinking…what are the chances of a sex doll that is that life-like?  I am not talking about a blow-up model but rather one that is totally life-like…..can do all the things required of it…….

And don’t you know I had my questions answered for me……

In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory in San Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her shoulder blades. Her name was Harmony. She wore a white leotard, her chest was thrust forward and her French-manicured fingers were splayed across the tops of her slim thighs.

Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company’s hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll. The Realbotix room where she was assembled was lined with varnished pine surfaces covered with wires and circuit boards, and a 3D printer whirred in the corner, spitting out tiny, intricate parts that will be inserted beneath her PVC skull. Her hazel eyes darted between me and her creator, Matt McMullen, as he described her accomplishments.

Source: The race to build the world’s first sex robot | Technology | The Guardian

“Her” name is Harmony and there is more about this “model”……

Her head, eyelids and lip movements are fairly crude and her conversation is even more limited.

But she is part of a new robotics revolution that is seeing artificial intelligence incorporated into an extremely human-like body.

Some think that it will revolutionise the way humans interact with robots while others believe that it represents the very worst in robotic advancement.

Source: A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony? – BBC News

Is this the future of a sexual encounter?  Cut out the middle man altogether?

I am an old fart so this will be wasted on me….but you younger readers…….. the future is now.

Surely my readers have some thoughts on this turn of events……

A tune to go with the mood……

Have some fun and relaxation a new week starts tomorrow….I appreciate all the visits and new followers this past week…..you guys make this blog worthwhile….thank you  chuq

Irene, Keep An Eye Out For The Sex Police

Smiling now!   It is the weekend and all my hard work from last week can be put to bed for a couple of days and I can smile and enjoy family and food…….. lots of food…….and maybe a nice Bordeaux.

Yesterday, Friday, was a horrible day….my internet was intermittent at best…..we all know how frustrating that can be, right?

I have been researching Central Asia for a series that I am writing for my friends over at Legationes……that is an area that has little info in Western sources so I have to read a lot and give myself massive headaches……

Who doesn’t like a post on sex?

However I did find something of interest while researching……a sex tax!

Say what?  No, really there is a proposal coming out of Kazakhstan…….

It may or may not have been a joke: The leader of a Muslim group in Kazakhstan has laid out a series of possible sex taxes, taking into account variables such as knowledge of the state language, homosexuality and even (perhaps) how well-endowed you are.

Murat Telibekov, of the Muslim Union of Kazakhstan, came up with a comprehensive list of financial repercussions for engaging in various kinds of intercourse, and posted it on Facebook. Kazakh and Russian media were quick to pick it up.

Admittedly, there is nothing in the post indicating whether he was serious or not, and some of the outlets suggested that it may have been a response to a recently-introduced tax on picking wild mushrooms and berries.

The extensive list covers most of the ways of cavorting in bed (or not) that you might be able to think of, and proposes a broad range of fees, to be paid on a by-case basis.

Under the proposal, the cheapest you can pay is about $1, if you’re married and a Kazakh. This includes a 50 percent discount if at least one of you knows the state language. However, that is only if you do it the ‘traditional’ way and for no longer than 14 minutes.

From there, the tax only grows: If you and your partner are in a long-term relationship, but not officially married, it’s about $2.50 (again, this and any other price on the list can be cut in half if you know Kazakh).

A one night stand will cost you a base fee of almost $7.

If you’re gay, the proposal sets the tax at some $10.

Then it gets interesting: A vaguely-defined “non-traditional” act should be taxed at about $18, the proposed bill says.

Further multipliers are applied if you last for over 14 minutes, if you are especially well-endowed (assuming “engine volume” to be a euphemism for this), or if you’re a foreigner. Foreigners, naturally, will have to pay double to have sex in Kazakhstan.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the proposal is the part on how the tax is supposed to be enforced……………. Via a special police unit with the right to invade homes without a court ruling.

The proposal does have a well-meaning goal.  All the tax money will go to improve the reproductive health of Kazakhstan’s people and combat STDs.

You have heard about the Food Police…..maybe even the Thought Police (1984)……but a Sex Police?

I am sure there will be someone clever enough to make it about Islam……..But if you think about it….it does sound like something the GOP would consider.

Please throw out a few comments……

How About Sex On The Beach?

Have you ever fantasized about having sex on a beach?  If so then maybe you should reconsider it………

A Florida jury on Monday convicted Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, on charges that they had sex on Bradenton Beach in broad daylight. They face up to 15 years behind bars and will have to register as sex offenders.

Each of them faced two charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, the Bradenton Herald reported.

OKay I have a problem with this…….maybe they should have been a bit more discreet….but 15 years and a sex offender?  That should put the limber in his joint.

Witnesses watched them have sex……did they think about turning away?  The kids that may have seen the act…….most were under the age of five……bet not one of them had any idea what was happening until the parents went ape shit…….

The sex offender thing is what I question most.  It is like a good that wakes up from a hard drunk and has to pee so he goes to the nearest tree to do his business….the problem is the tree is located just outside a school yard…..should he be labeled a sex offender?

I say no…..because he did not set out to involve children in the act of peeing…..he did not do it intentionally because it was a school.  Why ruin this man;s life for being a boneheaded drunk?

The same with these two……I bet they did not pick the place to have sex because there were children there….it was probably a spur of the moment thing…….

This crack down on sex offenders is a good thing to protect children but at the same time they can ruin people’s lives that had NO intention of involving kids in what they were doing….they just had a brain fart..

I say if we want to crackdown on stupid activity then maybe the best place to start would be with our politicians……then move on from there……

Any thoughts?

But wait!  There’s more!

Does having lots of sex make you happy?  Wrong!

You’ve heard the message, seen the magazine covers: Having more sex will make you happier. A new study out of Carnegie Mellon University, however, suggests that the opposite is true, according to a post at Phys.org. In their experiment, researchers asked one group of married couples to have twice as much weekly sex as usual over a three-month period, and they gave no instructions to a second group. All the couples filled out surveys along the way, and, as Bustle notes, “this is where things get weird.” Those who had double the amount of sex reported lower levels of sexual enjoyment and happiness at the end of the experiment than they did at the beginning.

The lead researcher is the first to acknowledge that the reason might be because the couples were instructed to have more sex as part of a research experiment, not the most thrilling of circumstances. He elaborates, with some oddly specific advice: “If we ran the study again, and could afford to do it, we would try to encourage subjects into initiating more sex in ways that put them in a sexy frame of mind, perhaps with baby-sitting, hotel rooms, or Egyptian sheets, rather than directing them to do so.” Another researcher adds that couples should be less focused on numbers and more on creating the right environment when they do have sex. Or as Wired sums up: “The moral of the story, folks, is that it’s all about quality over quantity.” (Another study finds that millennials will have fewer sexual partners than their parents.)

May I see a show of hands of the people that believe this?

I will do my own research, thank you……..and to the researchers……BITE ME!

The Fascination With Sex

I am beginning to think that the GOP can only talk about sex when they are trying to define it for the rest of us…….like what Florida is trying to do……

What does “sexual intercourse” mean in Florida? The state’s Supreme Court justices are pondering the question in a case that threatens to weaken a 1986 law requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their infection before having “sexual intercourse.” A defense lawyer told the court yesterday that Florida’s laws have always used the term to describe traditional sex between a man and a woman, and not any other sexual activity by either gender. The case involves a man charged with a felony after failing to tell his male sex partner he was HIV-positive. The record shows that Gary Debaun’s partner asked him to take an HIV test, and that Debaun, who knew that he was infected, gave him fake test results showing he was free of the virus that causes AIDS.

“In the history of Florida law, the specific term ‘sexual intercourse’ has always been interpreted to mean reproductive sexual conduct,” said Debaun’s public defender, who’s trying to get the charge dropped. “It’s not the way that I’d want to define it, maybe—maybe not the way you’d want to define it—but that’s the way it’s always been in Florida law.” Most states legally require people with HIV to disclose the infection to sex partners, but the public defender told the justices that other states’ laws use the term “sexual activity” or specifically spell out sexual acts, rather than use Florida’s narrow language. Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Geldens argued that it was clear that the statute was enacted with the intent to protect people who engaged in any kind of sexual activity.

This from the party that thinks the government has no business telling people what to do….as long it is what they, the GOP,  believe…..

But hold on!  Utah had to be part of the conversation……..

A Utah bill stating that unconscious people cannot consent to sex proved to be more controversial than expected when it came before a legislative committee earlier this week. Rep. Brian Greene wondered if it meant that somebody who had sex with an unconscious spouse could be charged with rape, saying a rape charge “makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports. After at least one other Republican voiced similar concerns, an attorney from the Utah Prosecution Council explained that under the bill, “consent is a decision that has to be made at the time of the act” and you “cannot give consent to sexual activity if you’re unconscious.”

Sex with an unconscious person “is rape. Period. End of story,” Democratic Rep. Brian King told the committee, according to the Tribune. Greene ended up voting for the bill and apologized for his comments yesterday, saying he abhors “sexual assault under any circumstances, including within marriage.” The director of the Rape Recovery Center tells USA Today she hadn’t expected a debate and was shocked by Greene’s comments. “He’s a lawyer, you think he would know better,” she says. “But with the kind of work we do, we realize that so many people don’t understand this issue.” The bill was introduced after a 2013 case where a man claimed he had sex with an unconscious neighbor on her porch to keep her warm and “save her life,” Politico reports.

See…..the GOP is a prudish bunch of sex addicts……..I know that sounds like an oxymoron……but the GOP still thinks it has a right to intervene in the bedroom……..

Thoughts?

World Cup Best Celebration?

For if you are one of all but a handful of people that are unaware that the World Cup is going on……….it is and the US is still alive but they have a powerhouse coming up next week, Germany……..

Last World Cup I reported on what a Dutch porn star was doing to celebrate their wins…….and now with this World Cup there is another person willing to have sex for each win…….

Are you wondering why Chile is going so bonkers at the World Cup? Fans flocked to Brazil by the thousands, even though they didn’t have tickets. They stormed the stadium fences prior to today’s win over Spain, and were arrested by the dozens.

Seems that they’ve been worked up by one of the country’s biggest porn stars: Marlen Doll (above). Ms. Doll, in a moment of brilliant strategy, promised to engage select Chilean residents in an eight-hour “sex marathon” if her country defeated Australia in its first World Cup match. That of course happened, and she, reportedly, made good on the promise, even increasing the duration to 12 hours.

Then, she upped her game prior to Chile-Spain today. (Photo link NSFW).

And according to Doll, that is now also going to happen.

Keep an eye on it, because if Chile makes waves in the knockout stage, things could get more X-rated than they’ve ever been before.

Soccer fans re just so much better at celebrating than say Baseball fans……makes you want to be more of a fan….for oh so many reasons…….

It Makes A Comeback

Keeping with the weekend’s topic….SEX.  Many of history’s notables have died from a historically reoccurring disease…….Columbus, Capone, some say Pasteur….and No one is sure where it originated…..some say in monkeys and others are convinced with sheep……..whatever….it is making a comeback…….

Syphilis cases are rising sharply in the US, especially among gay and bisexual men, reports the CDC. The highest rates were among black men, but white and Hispanic men also saw noticeable increases, reports Reuters. From 2005 to 2013, the number of syphilis cases nearly doubled from 8,724 to 16,663, and 91% of those cases occurred among men in 2013. Over that same stretch, the annual rate rose from 2.9 to 5.3 cases per 100,000 people, reports NBC News.

“After being on the verge of elimination in 2000 in the United States, syphilis cases have rebounded,” says the CDC report. Researchers warn that the increase among gay men is worrisome because it suggests unsafe sex practices that could also spread HIV. The CDC recommends that men who have sex with anonymous or multiple partners get screened for syphilis at least once every six months. While rarely fatal, the disease can lead to blindness and stroke.

It looks like there is only one relatively safe form of sex…..if you want to avoid herpes or the clap or HIV and now syphilis…….the only safe form is……Phone sex!  Where’s the fun in that?  That gives a whole new definition of….oral sex……..

But this disease is NOT alone…..making a comeback are polio, TB, Measles………and others……….what could cause this resurgence of disease?

Surely someone would like to weigh in about here.

The More Noisy The Better?

It is the weekend and let’s talk about mankind’s favorite past time……SEX!  They may not admit it but everyone likes sex…..what’s the old saying…..”sex is dirty only if you are doing it right”.

most of us have had a noisy partner at some point in our life…..but there can be consequences for too much noise……….

There’s a noisy romp between the sheets and then there’s sex so loud it’s considered “stalking” your neighbors. That was the charge an Italian man apparently faced in court, after a dozen of his neighbors filed a civil suit complaining of his loud lovemaking sessions. They took issue with “screams and moans” that “disturbed the peace in the condominium and the building’s decorum,” the Local reports. Some translations of the local report on the case, like this one from the New York Daily News, indicate it was actually his girlfriend’s screams that those in the building found so offensive.

The 42-year-old reportedly tried to convince the judge that “stalking” and “noise” weren’t the same thing, and apparently claimed that he can’t help that he’s “too good at sex.” But for all his (noisy?) protestations, he ended up with a six-month jail sentence, which he plans to appeal. Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time noisy sex has resulted in a conviction. (Nor is it the only unusual sex-related case to be heard in Italian courts recently.)

Personally I think that is a bit extreme and here in the US could be considered……cruel and unusual punishment……

Remember back in your youth when they use to say….”he is thinking with the little head”?  Well there seems to be some evidence that brains are wired for sex……..

UCLA researchers say they’ve got the first physical evidence to support the notion that some people’s brains are wired for sex, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. In the study, they asked men and women how many sexual partners they’ve had, and they also showed them images that ranged from non-sexual to slightly sexual (like kissing) to explicitly sexual. The more partners a person had, the more likely their brains were to light up on EEGs when looking at those last two categories, reports Medical Xpress.

The researchers weren’t surprised that their subjects reacted to graphic images, but they were intrigued to find the correlation with the G-rated images, too. “If your brain responds very strongly even to very tame pictures of sex, then you seem to be easily sexually excited in the real world, too,” says lead researcher Nicole Prause. The results could help those naturally inclined toward the risque to be safer, she says, as per Time. “Being aware that if you are going out, and there is the possibility of having a new partner, and thinking about ways to not get too excited may sound silly, but managing that rather than ignoring it may help with better ways to control risky sexual behavior.” (Click to read about a recent survey finding that 17% of us would be OK having sex with a robot.)

Some thoughts?