At the moment, sex dolls are designed to satisfy their owners’ physical and aesthetic requirements: few of them talk, and none of them could be said to converse.
Chatbots, on the other hand, talk, but they’re not usually physically embodied.
They wouldn’t pass a Turing test, but they’d be able to, as one developer puts it, ‘follow simple instructions’. Levy explained in an interview how you train a bot to do that: You give them lots and lots of examples and they generalize from those examples and they can make the whole of their conversation sound like somebody who talks dirty in a loving way.
We teach [the bot] and it generalizes, but it will talk about any subject.
Straight men, the majority of site-users, were paying to hook up with women who did not, for the most part, exist. Would also meet up in person if we get to know each other and think there might be a good connection. It was being contacted in a short space of time by multiple women who supposedly lived in his area, who hadn’t looked at his profile, and who sent him identical messages.