‘Love and Sex with Robots’ conference illegal, says IGP

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  • Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The international "Love and Sex with Robots" conference, scheduled to be held in Iskandar Malaysia, is illegal, says police.

The organiser of the event, which was supposed to be held from Nov 16-19, has been warned not to proceed with it, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

“Don't try to be ridiculous,” he said at the press conference at the Sime Darby Convention Centre yesterday.

He added that there was “nothing scientific about having sex with machines”.

“It is not our culture. We can take action against the organiser if they choose to hold the event,” he said.

Last Monday, the organiser had updated its website at loveandsexwithrobots.org that the event is on in Iskandar, Johor.

However, no local or international contact number was listed. E-mails to the two speakers at the event were also unanswered.

In a statement, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) said they neither supported nor promoted the event.

Meanwhile, co-chair of the event, City University London Prof Adrian David had on Saturday clarified that the workshop was not intended to promote any form of sexual relationship between humans and machines.

He was also quoted saying the workshop was one of four that were scheduled to be held during the Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference (ACE 2015).

The other workshops planned were animal computer interaction; multi-model computer sensing and a children’s workshop on how to use computer games as a teaching tool.

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