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    ‘Perfect Match’: A Quarter of Young People in the UK Would Date a Robot

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    A new survey of British adults has found that one in four of those young adults surveyed would be happy to go on a “date” with Artificial Intelligence.

    The survey, conducted in the UK by research company ComRes and published by Nesta, found that 25% of people aged 18 to 34 participating in the questionnaire would date an android if it looked human, and was programmed to act like their “perfect match.”

    "Our bodies, our identities and our senses are enhancing thanks to technology and societal shifts," Ghislaine Boddington, co-founder and creative director of East London design unit body>data>space, said, in an interview with the Mirror.

    "Indeed, intimacy as we know it is expanding its boundaries — enabling us to experience love and affection beyond the physical and into the virtual."

    The research was done as a promotion for the FutureFirst festival in September, a weekend-long event including interactive performances, immersive experiences, and speakers who aim to challenge perceptions of the future.

    The robot-love study wasn’t the only promotional survey conducted to bring attention to the event.

    A research team found that 50% of those Brits surveyed that use bank cards would agree to be implanted with microchips to use for any number of tasks, including opening doors, paying for lunch or accessing computers.

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