Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn. Listen now:Convicted Killer Joshua Wade Claims Responsibility for 3 Additional MurdersJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe Anchorage Police Department and FBI are investigating claims by convicted Anchorage killer Joshua Wade that he is responsible for three additional murders.Family of Wade’s Alleged New Victim Demands JusticeMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeAs Wade promises details about additional murders he claims to have committed, the family of one of his alleged new victims says they’re feeling their loss once again … and they’re angry Wade won’t face new charges or a trial for the murders.House Ethics Panel Accused Don Young of Misusing Campaign Funds, Accepting Improper GiftsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. House Ethics Committee today issued a letter of reproval to Alaska Congressman Don Young for accepting multiple hunting trips as gifts in violation of the House Gift Rule. The committee says he should repay $59,000 for gifts and expenses related to 15 hunting trips between 2001 and 2013.State Rebuffs A Challenge to Its Gay Marriage BanThe Associated PressThe state denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over Alaska’s gay marriage ban.Fairbanks Area Sees Heavy Rainfall, FloodingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks area has seen some impressive rainfall over the last few days. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingass reports 2 to 3 inches around Fairbanks, and 3 to 4 inches over the hills northeast of town. The heavy rains are causing flooding along rivers.New Placer Mining Permits ProposedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksInterior miners aren’t happy with changes proposed to federal permits for small scale placer operations that impact water resources, including wetlands. Dozens attended an Army Corps of Engineers public meeting in Fairbanks this week on the proposals.Fishers Flock to Anchorage’s Slam’n Salm’n DerbyJoaquin Palomino, APRN – AnchorageThis weekend hundreds of fishing enthusiasts will be crowding Ship Creek in Anchorage, trying to snag a monster king salmon. The fishing frenzy is part of the slamin salmon derby, a 10-day long competition and fundraiser.
Sex robots have heightened steamy fantasies, but non-human intercourse has led to a greater moral debate. Is it okay to visit an AI-powered brothel to satisfy intercourse needs? A study found that most people say yes, but only if you’re living the single life.The University of Helsinki study, which was published in PsyArXiv Preprints on Nov. 12, found that sex with a robot is considered sex, and that paying for the services of a sex robot is not as bad as paying for the services of a human sex worker, especially if the person is single and not married. However, most respondents weren’t sure if whether using a sex robot in a committed, monogamous relationship should count as cheating.Sex robot (Photo Credit: Eve’s Robot Dreams/YouTube)To test people’s thoughts on robot brothels, researchers conducted two surveys with 172 and 260 people, who each responded to questions on their general morals, sexual behavior, and exposure to science fiction culture. Participants were given a fictional narrative involving a 30-year-old man traveling to Europe for a business trip and then going to a robot brothel for services. After they read the story, each participant was asked to disclose how they felt about the main character’s actions.Results found that respondents were more okay with the main character buying sex from a robot compared to a human worker. Additionally, respondents said they condemned single people less for having sex with a human robot or human sex worker, compared to married people. The study then said that standard research methods on sexuality and robotics can be applied to sex robots research in the future.The study comes on the heels of other sex robot milestones, such as the proposal of Eve’s Robot Dreams, a consent-focused AI brothel that aims to open its doors in West Hollywood, Calif., in upcoming years.Example interior of Eve’s Robot Dreams (Photo Credit: Eve’s Robot Dreams/Instagram)According to Eve’s Robot Dreams’ Indiegogo page, Unicole Unicron, a robot ethicist, created the idea for the robot brothel, which would serve as a “healing space” for customers and robots to get to know each other. Prior to requesting for services, customers can build a relationship with their bots via the Realbotix app. The aim is to treat robots ethically and also help individuals who might want to explore sexual fantasies in a non-judgmental environment.“Sit down with one of our robots and meet one of the new citizens of Earth. Bring friends along and have a good chat,” the Indiegogo campaign said. “Or, use this as an opportunity to have some one-on-one time with your new robot girlfriend.”The campaign has only generated 1 percent of its robust $155,000 goal, but it will be interesting to see how robot brothels might play a role in the future of human sex.More on Geek.com:Activists Call for Sex Robot Regulations Amidst U.S. Brothel LaunchesHouston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelItaly’s First Sex Doll Brothel Shut Down Days After Opening Stay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350