“It’s no longer in your imagination. You’re not pretending that the doll is talking to you, the robot is literally talking to you. So there are similarities: you’re still choosing the appearance, you’re choosing different capabilities, you are shaping what you want you sexual partner to look like, and to act like, and to be. But now it’s much, much more sophisticated.” Quartz: Humans and robots are on the cusp of a sexual intimacy we may never reverse. (And I’m not sure we’d want to…)

+ Starbucks is now facing some serious competition. From other Starbucks.