Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Robot Sex Paperback Edition and Some Blog Updates

Now in paperback

Regular readers will have noted that things have been a bit quiet here for the past couple of months. There are several reasons for this. The main one is that I spent the majority of June and July writing a new book. The good news is that I finished it; the bad news is that this meant I had no real time or energy for blogging. I then took a two week vacation/delayed honeymoon from which I have only just returned.

I'll get back to more regular blogging soon (at least that's the plan). I'll also make an announcement about the book I've been working on closer to the time of publication (probably sometime next year). In the meantime, I think it's worth noting that my previous book (co-edited with Neil McArthur) on Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications has just been released in paperback. It is consequently much more affordable. It'll cost you about $20, €16 or £14. You can buy it from the publisher, or on Amazon US or UK. At the time of writing (and this will no doubt change pretty soon and so become unverifiable) it is about #150 in the 'Self-Help' rankings of Amazon.com. Make of that what you will.

Also, rather fortuitously, and without any prompting, the guys over on the excellent Review the Future podcast have just released their latest episode in which they discuss the topic of robot sex, using the book as the framework for their conversation. If you want to whet your appetite for the book, and listen to a very enjoyable and erudite discussion about the social impact of sex robots, you should definitely check it out.

Finally, Slate Magazine have published an abbreviated version of one of the book's chapters, which you read to get a sense of what it is about.

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