While love dolls aren’t a particularly new invention, as technology improves, so do the capabilities these dolls can have when it comes to interaction with their human owners. Matt McMullen, the founder of RealDoll, has started an offshoot company called RealBotix focused on using AI to make their dolls more intelligent. They’re so good, the dolls can apparently even have mood swings!
- AI gives the dolls personality. While the dolls themselves are made of silicone and designed to be voluptuous and classically attractive, for some owners, it’s not all about appearance and they’re looking for more of a connection with their dolls, or at least as realistic an experience as possible. That’s why McCullen’s AI gives the dolls personality traits including mood swings to make them more like human women.
- Some of the dolls even have British accents! McCullen thinks this makes the dolls “sound clever,” which is pretty hilarious. He hopes that one day, the dolls will even be able to walk around on their own, which doesn’t sound that far off. Facial recognition is also a goal for the company.
- The dolls will get to know you as you interact with them. As McCullen told author Jenny Kleeman, “The AI will learn through interaction, and not just learn about you, but about the world in general. You can explain certain facts, she will remember them and they will form part of her base knowledge.”
- The model of the doll, Harmony, has a built-in “mood system.” That means she can take offense if you insult her, respond to things you say to her with a bit of snark, and even apparently discuss music, books, film, and other artworks, The Sun reports.
- Of course, the experience doesn’t come cheap. RealDolls with the AI technology sell for about $15,000, which obviously isn’t feasible for most people. However, McCullen knows there is definitely a market for the product. “Most of them are just lonely. Some have lost their partner or have got to a point where dating is not feasible,” he said. “They want to come home at the end of the day to something that’s beautiful to look at, that they can appreciate and take care of.”