A major news outlet, and they are reporting National Enquirer style news.
“My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots,”
Wow, think about it- I can get all of the tax breaks of marriage, the robot won’t cheat on you, and will never steal the remote. the article goes on to say this:
“If you have pedophiles and you let them use a robotic child, will that reduce the incidence of them abusing real children, or will it increase it?” Arkin asked. “I don’t think anyone has the answers for that yet — that’s where future research needs to be done.”
Keeping a robot for sex could reduce human prostitution and the problems that come with it.
However, “in a marriage or other relationship, one partner could be jealous or consider it infidelity if the other used a robot,” Levy said. “But who knows, maybe some other relationships could welcome a robot. Instead of a woman saying, ‘Darling, not tonight, I have a headache,’ you could get ‘Darling, I have a headache, why not use your robot?'”
Then the article goes on to talk about how the scientist is writing a paper on the ethical treatment of robots. You have got to be kidding me- the robot equal rights movement is born.