595: Android Girlfriend
Title text: Programming the sexbots to enjoy sex seemed a sensible move at the time, but we didn't realize the consequences of their developing fetishes.
Cueball shows off his new "android girlfriend" to a (presumably) human friend, who asks if the android is a sex bot. The android responds by pulling a cherry stem from the friend's drink and inserting it into her mouth. So far, the action appears to be an emulation of the party trick where someone puts a cherry stem into their mouth and ties it into a knot in order to suggest tongue dexterity that could be put to good use in kissing and oral sex.
However, instead of tying the cherry stem in a knot, the android activates an arc welder built into her mouth, which presumably reduces the stem to ashes. She then aggressively approaches Cueball's friend, reaching out and saying, "Remove your pants". The friend, not eager to experience close genital contact with the arc welder, or perhaps not wanting to admit that he does find the arc welding act sexy, refuses.
600: Android Boyfriend can be considered a "sequel".
The title text bounces a few implications around. Developing robots with the capacity to either learn or feel emotions is an ethical factor and practical consideration that is commonly explored in science fiction, and will very soon be subject to intense debate in real life. Here, it's proposed that robots programmed for sex would have their emotions set to enjoy sex by default, but then use their capacity to learn to develop preferences on what kind of sex they want to have. This is potentially a psychological issue, mainly as to whether or not it would be considered "unhealthy", but more directly it's a customer satisfaction problem: what if a sexbot were to develop sexual fetishes that its owner finds unappealing?
- [Cueball and his friend face each other. Cueball is introducing his android girlfriend to his friend, and his friend is holding a drink.]
- Cueball: Check out my new android girlfriend.
- Friend: Is she a sex bot?
- [The android grabs the cherry out of Cueball's friend's drink.]
- [The android pulls the stem off.]
- [The android puts the stem in its mouth.]
- [There is a bright flash around the android's mouth. The rest of the panel is dark.]
- [The android reaches toward Cueball's friend.]
- Friend: I don't think arc-welding a cherry stem counts as sexy.
- Android: Remove your pants.
- Friend: No.
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