With a perspective that takes us from the origins of human behaviour to the impact of the latest technologies, evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks shines...
Artificial Sex: Rob Brooks with Nat Tencic
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With a perspective that takes us from the origins of human behaviour to the impact of the latest technologies, evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks shines a light on the very near future of human relationships. In this conversation with Nat Tencic from The Hook Up (triple j), they will explore questions such as will artificial sex rival human flesh and touch and what are the unexpected delights of sex tech?
Rob Brooks is the Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UNSW Sydney and author of more than 100 scientific papers, mostly on how sex impacts the lives of animals and humans.
Nat Tencic also knows a bit about sex – she is the host of The Hook Up on triple j, bringing sex, relationships and queer issues to your airwaves and podcast feeds with equal parts sass and sincerity.
As new technologies compete to meet human needs, sex dollbots, digital lovers, virtual friends and algorithmic matchmakers are all part of the picture. Apps can sense when users are falling in love, when they are fighting, and when they are likely to break up. Machines can now push our psychological buttons, stimulating and sometimes exploiting the way people make friends, gossip with neighbours, and grow intimate with lovers.
These forms of artificial intimacy are fuelled by masses of user data and powered by algorithms that learn. And they are getting better and faster at what they do.
So how will the future unfold as the human mind, evolved over eons, collides with twenty-first-century technology?
After this fascinating talk, stick around for the DJ, have a drink at the bar and explore the newly transformed spaces of th Australian Museum until 9pm.
This event is part of a special event series celebrating Unorthodox thinkers happening at the Australian Museum throughout August. These nights fuse ideas, music and science – everyone is welcome and the best part is – they are free.
Event 5pm – 9pm
Talk 6.30pm – 7.30pm
DJs 7.30pm – 9pm
Presented in partnership with the Australian Museum and Vivid Sydney.