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She is the Founder and Director of the Bristol Women's Literature Festival.
She is currently the Ben Pimlott writer-in-residence at Birkbeck University's politics department.
But the report is compelling because of the uncomfortable issues it surfaces.
Some smart sex toys can be hacked, and others that collect data with the aim of personalization have failed to guarantee anonymity.On reading these news reports, it’s tempting for scientists to question the priorities of the news cycle. The sex industry is not often written about in these pages, but no one can claim that it is irrelevant to people’s lives.Worldwide, the sex-technology market is worth a reported US billion, and although accurate figures for the pornography industry do not exist, revenue is thought to reach tens of billions of dollars a year.(Meanwhile, the annual revenue of the academic publishing market in 2013 was around billion.) Just four companies, all located in the United States, currently produce sex robots. They are still more doll than robot, but Matt Mc Mullan, chief executive of one of the bot manufacturers, Abyss Creations, is focusing his company’s efforts on interactivity.As artificial intelligence and robotics improve, advances will filter into robots designed for sex. (Soldiers have been shown to develop emotional attachments to bomb-disposal robots.) Although a handful of researchers have looked seriously at the issues surrounding relationships with robots, research into the social, legal and moral implications is scarce.
Through a project partly-funded by Akademie Schloss Solitude’s residency programme, Liu aims to explore ideas about intimacy, female sexuality, and relationships with her robot boyfriend: Gabriel2052.