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It uses machine learning to improve the sex experience.
A sex toy company spent the last several years creating a product designed to accurately replicate oral sex on men by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI).
The “Autoblow A.I.,” according to the item’s Indiegogo page, is a “stroking penis gripper” that creates “sensations previously caused only by humans” by relying on 16 special techniques.
Brian Sloan, the man behind Autoblow A.I. and its predecessor Autoblow 2, says his latest venture came after three years of research and development.
“We listened to feedback from our 200,000 Autoblow 2 users and worked with PhD robotics engineers and artificial intelligence scientists to give you, our users, what you asked for, and more,” the campaign states.
To create a more realistic experience for his customers, Sloan’s team watched and annotated more than 109 hours of oral sex videos. Hired engineers then ran “several types of machine learning algorithms on the data set to build an AI model.”
According to a research paper on the project, entitled “Analysis of Movement in Oral Sex Performed Upon Men,” sixteen distinct motions were discovered and implemented into the product.
Speaking with Motherboard’s Samantha Cole, Sloan revealed he was turned down by seven teams of AI experts while pitching the idea.
“I told them I make a sex toy for men focusing on recreating the blowjob experience, and asked if they could use AI to study what really happens during blowjobs, so that I could make my machine give blowjobs like a human,” Sloan said. “That was enough to cause seven companies to tell me almost immediately that the ‘work was not for them.’ When I asked why, they didn’t want to talk about why.”
The eighth team, despite agreeing to work on Sloan’s oral sex device, requested to remain anonymous over fears of backlash from other clients.
“Corporations don’t want to be associated in any way with controversy. It’s just not acceptable to them, and they view this as a PR nightmare,” one of the scientists told Motherboard. “So, I am staying anonymous. On a personal level we didn’t get pushback, it’s more on the corporate level that being identified is a problem.”
The Autoblow A.I., which launched its Indiegogo campaign last week, has already raised nearly $70,000, far surpassing its initial goal of $50,000.
“We need additional time to improve the programming, tweak some issues with the motor, and build sleeve molds before starting mass production,” the campaign notes.
Sloan predicts backers of the product will receive their new Autoblow’s in May of next year.
Mikael Thalen is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, covering all things technology, including social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.