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By the end of the year, however, the goal is to put the same software that drives Jackie into the heads of a new generation of technologically advanced Real Dolls with expressive, animatronic faces, blinking eyes and customizable voices. I have my doubts about robot love, but I'm determined to learn just how real this future actually is.
The idea isn't just to have sex with them, but to talk with them. The Realbotix effort to sell synthetic companionship might seem like something straight out of "Westworld," but it's right in line with what Abyss has been offering its customers for decades: realistic dolls, so far without the AI.
That worked for Tom as far as the doll's slender, lightly tanned body was concerned, but he had something much more specific in mind for the face.
One such customer is a man I'll call "Tom." Tom lost his wife of 36 years to cancer in 2015.
Stricken with grief in the weeks that followed her death, he grew lonely -- and eventually, that loneliness led him to the Abyss Creations website.
Months later, the 71-year-old retired technical writer and Vietnam combat veteran finally decided to purchase a Real Doll of his own.
Abyss offers an online design tool for prospective buyers who want to customize their purchase -- think Build-A-Bear, but for sex dolls.
Tan, lean and tattooed, he looks every bit the California dreamer, and his fixation on re-creating the human form spans decades.