[Ed note: The BBC is now covering questions asked of Anthony Weiner?]
Meet Roxxxy, the sex robot with a triple XXX. Depending on your view, “she” is either at the cutting edge of the human-robot interface, or a modern reflection on some men’s difficulties in relating to real-life partners.
While sex aids are nothing new, what makes Roxxxy different is that “we’ve taken artificial intelligence” and “combined it with a human form,” says creator Douglas Hines.
Of course, humanoid robots have been the stuff of science fiction for decades – ever since Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis, or Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot stories.
The reality is somewhat more clunky.
Walking robots currently have little commercial value – they are expensive and are prone to falling over if they are placed on anything other than a flat surface.