It’s the future: Marrying machines

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Android rights campaigners have reacted with horror at the news that Cyril Cyberfan is to ‘wed’ his third gynoid.

Fembot feminists have condemned his actions as showing no respect for smart machines and called for more legislation to protect the rights of what they call ‘non-human life forms’ – nhu-lifes.

“Nhu-lifes are every bit as intelligent as the people who own them,” argues fembot campaigner Alana Turing. “It’s not right that people should be able to exploit them in this way.” 

Fake newspaper article imagining this scenario

Fake newspaper article imagining this scenario.


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Since 2025, people have been able to apply for civil relationship certificates to formalise a relationship with a synthetic life form, though only those of the ‘LuvMe’ class of androids and gynoids which have been specially developed to act as life partners.

Speaking from his home in Leeds, Europeania, Mr Cyberfan, 53, said that his relationship with his first two gynoids had irretrievably broken down. “Sindy and Sandy just don’t do it for me anymore,” he explained. “And the new Series 4000 models from CyberChix Inc have the most amazing programmable control units.”


Campaigners have argued that the behaviour-mimicking genetic algorithms built into new-generation nhu-lifes are so sophisticated that they imply that the creations must have a rich inner life akin to emotions.

Mr Cyberfan was unrepentant yesterday. “I’ve just put Sindy and Sandy on standby in the spare room. They seem perfectly happy.”

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘How We Look’ in June 2008 and reviewed and updated in November 2014.

Genetics and genomics, Biotechnology and engineering
How We Look
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