Rise of the sex machines

A South Korean inventor is set to revamp the world of cyber sex with the launch of artificial chromosomes that lets robots feel lustful and might even let them reproduce.



Kim Jong-Hwan says his development at the Intelligent Robot Research Centre has pioneered real-world possibilities by copying the model of human DNA.



Over the next three months, he plans to install software in a robot so the machine can have the ability to feel, reason and desire.



According to the Guardian, Mr Jong-Hwan is no crank and has already masterminded some of the world's leading robotic innovations.



In this instance, the acclaimed professor is installing software into robots that run on a scaled down version of DNA, instead of the double helix of a real chromosome.



"Robots will have their own personalities and emotion and - as films like I-Robot warn - that could be very dangerous for humanity," said Kim.



"If we can provide a robot with good - soft – chromosomes, they may not be such a threat."



His idea centres on using a seminal computer code to determine a robot's tendency to 'feel' happy or sad, angry, sleepy, hungry or afraid.



According to Kim, previous experiments have focused only on the functionality of the machines but his project is to exploit the "essence" of the cyber creatures.



The news comes as innovation in robotics has led one scientist to create cyber guide dogs to help those with disabilities, as well as overcome the mass of projects devoted to military or defence projects.



Professor Vladimir Kulyukin said as 90 per cent of research in science and engineering is devoted to military means, his advance in assistive technologies would do the opposite; by enhancing life.



Yet he has encountered some test problems with an embedded voice system, when a blind man found a glitch by clearing his throat and falsely alerted the robot he needed the lavatory.



"Every time the man cleared his throat, the robot would immediately change directions and guide him to the bathroom," said Kulyukin.



The Russian professor said it was an "especially embarrassing moment" in his project, which one day could allow blind people to go shopping with carts to guide them around the supermarket.



























Feb 04, 2005