Can VR and artificial intelligence make a sex doll real? (The 3:59, Ep. 78)

Nowadays, everything is getting smarter. Apparently, that includes sex dolls. We discuss whether a sex doll armed with artificial intelligence might replace human companionship, and whether adding virtual reality creates the illusion that the doll may be more real than it actually is. More broadly, we look at the idea of robots as companions (so it’s not 100 percent dirty).We also talk about CNET’s visit to Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Oregon, and why it’s stocked with roughly 2,000 outdated phones. There’s a good reason. Really!Lastly, Nest releases a new camera, which it hopes represents a new chapter for the company. But how big of a step can a new camera be?The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by…


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