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Is this baby real or not? AI creates luxury silicone baby market

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Is this baby real or not? AI creates luxury silicone baby market by Tree Elven on 02/08/2022
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It's probably not a question most of us would have thought we'd ever have to consider. But fast-moving developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and materials have already reached a point where at least one company is offering 'luxury silicone babies'. This ad opens with the question 'Is it real or not?' over an image of what looks like a regular baby in a hospital cot. It is in fact a member of a Catalan company's Babyclon AI silicone baby range, enhanced with AI so that it feeds and pees, cries for attention, and needs to be handled like a real baby. The difference is brought home when we see its cable charger plugged in. Babyclon is backed by another Spanish company called Clonfactory, which is a leader in the production of synthetic, highly realistic human figures for animatronics in films. As AI affects increasing aspects of our human lives while ethics inevitably lag behind, how do we feel about developments like this? Are such baby 'dolls' simply marvellous training tools or a comfort for the bereaved, or will they automatically lead us down a less 'human' path as the universally acknowledged miracle of life bcomes 'customisable'? Babyclon products are available with such options as skin tone, eye colour, elf's ears and/or a mermaid's tale.

Keywords: Babyclon AI silicone baby, luxury silicone babies, artificial babies, animatronics, robotic babies, artificial intelligence, AI and customised babies, customisable synthetic children

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