Inside a nondescript office building in San Marcos, California, an experimental sex robot named Harmony springs to life. Her jaw clacks unnervingly into a perfect underbite, swaying her hair with the jerky movements.
But she's mesmerizingly beautiful, too, in that way of things that are so flawless, they almost lull you to sleep.
Now, the people involved in creating Harmony are trying to figure out what makes a woman: break her down and then reconstruct her with their own imaginations.
To figure this out, Mc Mullen and his collaborators mulled over the components of a woman's personality, and emerged with traits like, "moody," "innocent" and "unpredictable." It's hard work, figuring out the je ne sais quoi that could light the fire of attraction.
But talking to a machine can create a void of its own, too.
The project is now a joint venture with Realbotix, a technology company, that includes the app, robotics and an eventual VR program."Human relationships have changed drastically over the last 10 to 20 years," Mc Mullen says.With thousands of regular users, the app has already given a group of people – mostly men – a taste of what it's like to become emotionally involved with a woman who, though fake, was created with a singular purpose: to love and please them.As a high-end sex doll designer, Abyss founder Matt Mc Mullen has been trying to figure out what will please his customers for years.Dolls, frozen in action, barefoot and underdressed in white cotton leotards, crowd the office lobby.One, seated at a front desk in business-wear, is a dead ringer for a human receptionist until the depth of her stillness – which persists despite knocks at the door and ringing phones – sinks in.