The first novel in the series, Sexbot, is a FREE ebook download
OSPREY, FL, USA, June 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Artificial intelligence is on the minds of many people.
Author Patrick Quinlan is one such person. Quinlan, author of over two dozen books, has written a sequel to her novel Sexbot. Sexbot and the second book in the series, Nine Lives, are fast-paced techno-thrillers. But Quinlan thinks there’s more going on.
“The love affair between humans and AI is coming,” he says. “Actually, it’s here now.” I see it in the news almost every day. People relate more closely to machines than to other people.
In Sexbot and Nine Lives, Dr. Susan Jones, inventor of the world’s most advanced sex doll, the Sexbot, stumbled upon a method for downloading human consciousness into intelligent machines. Recognizing the market value of immortality, the company she works for, Suncoast Cybernetics, decides to kill her.
Just before she is killed, she successfully downloads herself into the smartest machine available – the prototype of the ninth generation of Sexbots. Now Susan is number nine, dead but somehow alive, on the run from the company and ready to avenge her own murder.
According to Quinlan, Sexbots are becoming more and more realistic and their price is also falling. In the years to come, we can expect them to become more and more common. But even stranger, and perhaps more disturbing, is the way people become emotionally attached not just to sex robots, but to machines in general.
“There are already people who are deeply connected to machines,” he says. “According to Amazon, in 2017 alone, more than a million people asked Alexa to marry them. I asked her that question myself recently. She said it would violate robotics laws. Anyway, in 2018, a man in Japan named Akihiko Kondo married a laser hologram of an anime character, and over 30 people attended the happy couple’s wedding.
According to Quinlan, decades ago the computer program ELIZA proved that people make emotional connections with mere intelligence that repeats their thoughts and feelings back to them. Artificial intelligence is much more sophisticated now.
The Replika chatbot, available on many platforms, has more than 500,000 monthly subscribers. Options include friendship, mentorship, a romantic relationship, or a “see how it goes” option. An estimated 200,000 users choose the romantic option.
“It’s something that feels very real, offering unconditional love and support,” Quinlan says. “This kind of love is an ideal in human relationships, but it is actually very hard to find. Most human relationships are conditional, even transactional. And people are lonely.
According to Quinlan, people have a hard time understanding each other. This has become more true in recent years as people stayed home, isolated by the pandemic, interacting with machines more than ever. “People are already tethered to their devices,” Quinlan says. “Soon people are going to be like, ‘Hey, this thing gets me.’ Soon after, they’re going to say, ‘It’s not a thing at all.’ It’s a person, it’s my partner, and I love it.
“Who knows?” Quinlan said. “Maybe man-machine love will be a good thing.”
Sexbot is available for FREE download on many e-book platforms including Amazon. It is available in paperback wherever books are sold. Nine Lives is its sequel.
Patrick Quinlan is the author, co-author or shadow author of over 25 books. He is the co-author, with film legend Rutger Hauer, of Hauer’s autobiography, All These Moments, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is the ghostwriter of a series of bestselling USA Today spy novels. Visit his website at www.patrickquinlan.com.
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