By mid-century, getting it on with an electronic femme fatale or a superstud sexbot will become an accepted part of the human landscape, predicts David Levy, a PhD in gender studies and artificial intelligence and author of <i>Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relations</i>.
Sitting still under a skull cap fitted with a couple of dozen electrodes, American scientist Peter Brunner stares at a laptop. Without so much as moving a nostril hair, he suddenly begins to compose a message -- letter by letter -- on a giant screen overhead.
First came singles bars, dating services, and click-and-date websites. Then young urban professional searching for a little tenderness turned to speed dating. Now a pair of French cooking schools are blazing another, somewhat less frenetic, trail in the quest for modern romance: ''cook-dating''.