The New Scientist has been pondering a future of robot-human love, asking in an editorial, “should people be allowed to marry robots?” It’s not as outlandish a thought as it might at first glance seem.
As noted here previously, soldiers have developed some very interesting companionships with their robot comrades – including a boom in funerals held for those lost in service.
“Technology is improving all the time, and the implications of human-robot relationships are already being fretted over by fundamentalist Christians,” explains the New Scientist.
It is hard to see wider society accepting such relationships as valid. Perhaps our evolving knowledge of the biology of love – as a brain state mediated by neurochemicals that evolved to increase reproductive success will make society more understanding. But the love for a robot may become a love that dare not speak its name.