Think “Black Mirror” is creepy? Get ready for the real thing.
The new CNNgo series “Mostly Human With Laurie Segall” investigates the darker, ethically murky ways in which modern technology is affecting our relationships. The six-part show (available for free on the streaming platform starting Sunday) explores topics like a woman who turned her deceased friend into a chatbot and sex dolls being built with artificial intelligence.
Other stories take Segall, CNN’s senior technology correspondent, around the world, including virtual-reality therapy being used on sex offenders in a psychiatric ward in Montreal and an investigation into the life and death of ISIS hacker Junaid Hussain.
In one episode, we meet Lilly, a French woman who has fallen in love with the robot she built, named InMoovator. She had two previous relationships with men, but at age 19, realized she wasn’t attracted to humans.
Though InMoovator can’t talk, respond to her affections, or kiss her back, Lilly plans to program him to do so one day. “Love is still love. It’s not that different,” she tells Segall. “I feel the same things that someone can feel toward a man or a woman. A lot of tenderness, affection, attachment.”
Maybe “Westworld” isn’t so far-fetched after all.
This article was originally published in the New York Post.