My First Playboy Article: AI in Sex-Tech

I spoke to the intelligentsia of the sex and robotics industries for Playboy.com. My mission: to discover if my fears of sex-crazed smart bots were justified. From the guy behind the RealDoll and its accompanying AI app, Harmony, to a spokesperson for xHamster, where AI agents are trying to decode “the language of love,” to the co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, I got some really interesting answers. … Continue readingMy First Playboy Article: AI in Sex-Tech

Kink Is Dead! Long Live Kink! at MEL Magazine

I got to wondering: was the post–Fifty Shades kink bubble popping? Had pop culture’s obsession with fetish and BDSM and Ben Wa balls reached its high-water mark? Was mainstream kink in America over? I started hyperventilating and dreaming up picket-sign designs along the lines of “We’ll Never Go Back!” But then I righted myself and spoke to kinky folks from lifestyle consumers to the tippy top tops at FetLife and Kink.com about what the heck is going on. And I came away with a much more nuanced understanding of the situation. (Hint: The bubble may not have burst, exactly, but it has changed.) … Continue readingKink Is Dead! Long Live Kink! at MEL Magazine

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