Monday, November 12, 2012

Sex. Enjoyment and Robots

The NZ Herald reports

People enjoy sex, dislike Facebook - study

Having sex and partying are two of life's most enjoyable activities, according to a University of Canterbury research project.

Wow ground breaking research. People enjoy sex.
Spending time on Facebook and texting, on the other hand, are much less fulfilling.

You could add blogging to that. That is not a confession.
Postgraduate psychology researcher Carsten Grimm used mobile-phone text-messaging to survey what people did during the day and how they felt about it, a technique called "experience sampling".
"I texted people three times a day over a week and the response rate was really high. People are never far from their cellphones these days," Grimm said.

If I was having a shag I wouldn't be stopping to do a cell phone survey.
"People replied to on average 97 per cent of all text-messages, and texts were sent at random times, so there is a really rich sample of everyday life to look at."
Unsurprisingly, Grimm found "sex or making love" ranked first in the four categories measured in the survey: Pleasure, meaning, engagement, and happiness.
Drinking alcohol or partying ranked second in the pleasure and happiness stakes, but was rated much less meaningful.

Actually alcohol and partying and sex sound like a great combination.
Instead, caregiving or volunteering, and meditating and religious practices were seen as more meaningful to respondents. They also ranked highly in happiness.
At the other end of the scale, washing, dressing and grooming ranked last out of the 30 behaviours surveyed, and being sick and receiving healthcare ranked 30th for happiness.
Surprisingly, Facebook was seen as the least meaningful, and also rated poorly in the other three categories. Texting and emailing also rated poorly in the pleasure and happiness categories.
Happiness and wellbeing are increasingly being used alongside traditional economic indicators like GDP in policy decision-making, Grimm said.
"Treasury is now including well-being measures - life satisfaction - in its higher living standards framework, so governments are into this well-being stuff," he said.

Yes as DPF observed

" Now this has potential. Treasury is now going to focus on measures such as well-being and life satisfaction. And this research has shown sex is what we rate highest for well-being. So I want to see Treasury do some policy proposals on how to increase the amount of sex New Zealanders are having."

And in the comments,....

Cthoniid – excellent suggestion. Clearly we need some sort of Fucking Commission to fund and collate such research and promote the results. Where’s Peter Dunne when we need him?

"I am currently researching how to add to that understanding. So far governments around the world and media have focused mainly on life satisfaction in the discussion about well-being; it turns out happiness is a far more complicated topic.
"One of the areas I'm researching - orientations to happiness - looks at whether there are different ways of going about seeking happiness. Psychologists have proposed that individuals may seek to increase their well-being through three main behavioural orientations: via pleasure, via engagement, and via meaning."
Grimm is to present his research on Wednesday as part of the University of Canterbury's showcase lecture series.

That sound appropriate.

"The results have implications for what psychologists have called 'the full life'. Those who tend to be high on all three orientations to happiness not only score high on life satisfaction, they also tend to have higher experiences of pleasure, meaning, engagement and happiness in their daily lives," he said.
"This means that being able to seek happiness in different ways may enrich your everyday experience and increase your overall well-being."
The research was supervised by Professor Simon Kemp.
Top activities that make you happy:
1. Sex/making love
2. Drinking alcohol/partying
3. Care-giving/volunteering
4. Meditating/religious activities
5. Childcare/playing with children
6. Listening to music/podcast
7. Socialising/talking/ chatting
8. Hobbies/arts/crafts
9. Shopping/errands
10. Gaming/video-games
Lowest-ranked activities:
1. Sick/healthcare
2. Facebook
3. Housework/chores/DIY
4. Studying/working on education
5. Texting/emailing
6. Lectures/class/lab
7. Paid work
8. Commuting/travelling
9. Internet/on computer
10. Washing/dressing/grooming

The comments also directed me to this. 
The Huffington Post reports

Sex Robot 'Longevity Orgasms' May Help Extend Human Life Spans, Futurists Suggest


Could sex with robots help extend human life spans? Some futurists seem to think so.

Called Roxxxy it / " she " has the ability to talk.
A Nov. 7 article on the futurist websiteTranshumanity argues that robot lovers could help extend life spans by giving users mind-blowing "longevity orgasms" far superior in quality to those from human "meat-bag" partners.
Warning: Graphic Descriptions Follow

Actually nothing to worry about.
The link between orgasms and health is not unexplored. Some have argued that orgasms have significant health benefits, and "The Longevity Project," a book about an eight-decade study of long-life factors, observed that women with higher frequency of orgasm during sex lived longer.
But assuming robots can do it better than humans, is there necessarily a correlation between the quality of orgasm and longevity? Or is frequency of climax the most important factor?
If the latter is the case, then a sex robot's superior skills in the sack might be less of a game changer than the fact that a sexbot will never be too tired or unwilling to get it on.

I have been here before.
Still, the futurist scouting report on longevity orgasms sounds pretty complex.
Transhumanity elaborates: 
"[Sexbots will] be more desirable, patient, eager, and altruistic than their meat-bag competition, plus they’ll be uploaded with supreme sex-skills from millennia of erotic manuals, archives and academic experiments, and their anatomy will feature sexplosive devices... They’ll offer us quadruple-tongued cunnilingus, open-throat silky fellatio, deliriously gentle kissing, transcendent nipple tweaking, g-spot massage & prostate milking dexterity, plus 2,000 varieties of coital rhythm with scented lubes."
At the moment, it appears humanity will have to wait and see if "shrieking, frothy, bug-eyed, amnesia-inducing orgasms" administered by sex robots provide the key to longevity.
But it won't have to wait too long. A scenario envisioned by Victoria University researchers plots the rise of robot prostitutes by 2050, the Dominion Post notes.
Mid-century was also the sexbot timeframe given by artificial intelligence expert Dr. Robert Levy in his book, "Love and Sex With Robots," which postulates that it would be entirely possible for humans to fall in love with their robotic partners.

A simpler world ?

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