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David Levy fails to attract people to child sex robots

Love and Sex with Robots: ACE Committee appoint David Levy, but Springer reject his work. Another epic fail by David Levy.

In recent weeks, the ACE 2018 committee announced it had added David Levy to its steering committee.

This caused outrage from backers of the ZX Vega+ Indiegogo campaign, who barraged the ACE facebook, reviews and twitter pages with comments saying how they were disgusted by this appointment, asking them to reconsider this new committee member on the basis of his £513,000 fraud of their money, along with the ongoing investigations into his actions alongside convicted drug trafficker Suzanne Louise Martin.

Backers had also urged each other to contact Samsung UK using their live chat, Facebook and other social media contacts to voice their concern that Samsung were helping to fund conferences about child sex robots and their use by paedophiles.

The ACE Committee

Unsurprisingly, the committee did not react or remove Levy as it consists of the following people:

Adrian David Cheok – Who together with David Levy were nearly arrested and thrown out of Malaysia following their attempt to hold a sex robot conference in Malaysia and imply it was actually endorsed by the Malaysian tourist board. This caused outrage and global headlines with the chief of police threatening to arrest them if they attempted the conference. Levy and Cheok also embezzled money from the Malaysian government (which is a Muslim nation and would not be happy if they found out their public money was being used in such a way) by pretending to do chatbot research, but in actual fact this research money was being funnelled by Levy and Cheok into Levy’s Sex Chatbot program. Continuing David Levy's long history of failing to bring projects to completion, Levy did not produce the chatbots, and his attempt at crowd-funding further income from the public failed miserably with his Flirt with a chatbox project. The project failed to even reach 1% of it's goal of $155,000, and he left Malaysia with his tail between his legs. He later went onto to close his Intelligent Toys Ltd company  to cover up from his investors that he had also stolen their money in that venture.

Jaap van den Herik and Mark Winands – Both involved with Maastricht University, the same university that strangely ‘gave’ David Levy his doctorate based on his ‘research’ paper/book on sex robots.

Yorick Wilks – who worked with Levy on CONVERSE, the chatbot obsessed with lesbians.

The Sex with Robots conference in 2017 was moved to a secret location as Levy claimed terrorists were potentially targeting the conference. It was far more likely that the public backlash was due to Levy constantly doing interviews in the press encouraging the use of ‘child like sex robots’ for paedophiles, and suggesting governments would pay to use these with imprisoned paedophiles.

During the conference, Levy made a number of alarming statements:

Beige jacketed cloud headed fraudster David Levy

It is not yet known whether CSBs could stop paedophiles from offending on real children, or actually encourage paedophilia.

I think until sex robots are available in very large numbers, and there has been a lot of experimentation, we won’t know which side of the coin will come down.

A lot of work needs to be done between now and then by lawyers, lawmakers, physiatrists, and those who develop software to use AI for therapeutic means. And eventually it will have to be a gigantic experiment to see what the results are – will the use of child sex dolls in fact wean paedophiles off their predilection, or will it in fact make matters worse? We don’t know.

— David Levy

U.S. Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) introduced legislation that would ban the importation and distribution of child sex dolls and child sexbots.

“During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children," Donovan said in a written statement. "What I saw and heard was enough to make anybody sick. Now, as a legislator in Congress, I’m introducing a bill to ban the newest outlet for pedophiles: child sex dolls. They don’t belong in our communities.”

“I’ve spoken to adults who were abused as children, and they don’t support the use of CSBs,” says Dr. Kathleen Richardson, a professor of ethics and culture of robots at De Montfort University in Leicester, England and director of the U.K.-based nonprofit Campaign Against Sex Robots. “They say that pedophiles who offend are so cut off from their own humanity that giving them a machine wouldn’t address the underlying problem.”

According to Richardson, there’s no evidence that adult sex dolls or sexbots have curbed demand for prostitutes. And 85 percent of the men arrested for possession of child sex dolls in the U.K. in recent years were found to possess more familiar examples of child pornography.

Young children in Levy's home

David Levy's wife advertises private educational lessons to young children, where lessons take place in the small one bedroom flat shared with her husband. It is presumed most parents bring and leave their children in the care of the Levy's, unaware of the views of David Levy. Levy's wife Christine Fox helped edit Levy's book on sex robots.

Christine Fox was also a shareholder in Intelligent Toys Ltd, and supported David Levy's closure of the company to cover up the sexbot loss of funds.

Inaugural David Levy Special Best Paper Award

In 2017, Levy and Cheok started their "Inaugural David Levy Special Best Paper Award" which was awarded to Marc Behrendt for his paper "Reflections on the Moral Challenges Posed by a Child Sex Robot" - with the prize being some biscuits/crackers, a jar of pickle and most strangely of all, a bottle of olive oil. Perhaps the olive oil is useful with small sex robots? Photos of the "ceremony" are available.

inaugural_david_levy_special_best_paper_award.jpg

Springer unable to publish

Recently, the academic publisher Springer made it clear to Levy and Cheok that due to the low interest in normal people wishing to submit papers on this subject, they would not be able to publish the papers. It seems that nobody was interested in submitting them, let alone finding people that wish to read them.

Kathleen Richardson started the Campaign Against Sex Robots in an attempt to highlight the fact that Levy's subject matter is considered by many to be sick and not something for debate, as child sex robots are banned (or are in the process of being banned) in most nations around the world. The full email chain from the Springer representative:


From: Alfred Hofmann <Alfred.Hofmann@springer.com>
Date: Jul 23, 2018, 9:05 PM
To: Adrian David Cheok <adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org>;
CC: Emma Yann Zhang <yannc2021@gmail.com> ; David Levy <davidlevylondon@gmail.com> ; Anna Kramer <Anna.Kramer@springer.com> ; AliaksandrBirukou <Aliaksandr.Birukou@springer.com> ; Alfred Hofmann <Alfred.Hofmann@springer.com>;

Dear Adrian,

Thank you for your mail/reminder informing us about the poor submission results for LSR 2018 and ACE 2018.

To qualify for publication as an LNCS/LNAI volume on its own, a collection of papers has to fill at least some 140 pages of text. So, I am afraid that neither ACE nor LSR will succeed reaching this lower limit. I don’t know whether it might be an option to bundle the papers of the two events together for joint publication in one volume to reach/exceed the 140 page limit?

In a few similar cases when a workshop had low submissions (and when this was fine for the contributing authors) the papers of two successive editions of the workshop were bundled together for joint publication; however, this would have to be agreed upon with the authors of this year’s events as they might now want to delay publication of their result by a full year.

Otherwise, I am afraid that we would have to cancel publication of LSR 2018 and probably of ACE 2018 as well? Probably cancelation also might have an impact on whether the event series will survive at all?

Best regards to everybody,

Alfred


Von: Adrian David Cheok <adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org>
Gesendet: Montag, 23. Juli 2018 10:50
An: Alfred Hofmann
Cc: David Levy; Emma Yann Zhang; Aliaksandr Birukou; Anna Kramer; David Levy
Betreff: Re: LSR 2018 -- LNCS/LNAI post-proceedings: Okay!

Dear Alfred

Kindly awaiting your reply.

Warmest wishes
Adrian

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 7:39 PM Adrian David Cheok <adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org> wrote:


 

Dearest Alfred

This is regarding both ACE and LST 2018 conferences, I hope you don't mind I write in the same email.

Sorry to sat, we have a big problem. Only about 20 papers were submitted to ACE and only about 10 papers for LSR.

In this situation, what should we do, regarding Springer publication?

Warm wishes
Adrian

On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 6:38 PM Alfred Hofmann <Alfred.Hofmann@springer.com> wrote:


 

Dear Adrian,

dear David, Emma, and Teresa,

Following up on your exchange with my colleague Aliaksandr Birukou and on the mail sent wrt ACE 2018, I herewith confirm that, based on the information available about the upcoming event so far as well as taking into account successful cooperation for the publication of the/all predecessor LSR post-proceedings in LNCS/LNAI, we formally accept LSR 2018 for publication as an LNAI post-proceedings book. So, we look forward to again cooperating with you and with your colleagues.

Please allow me to bring to your attention the fact that Springer offers the Online Conference Service OCS to help PC chairs manage the paper submission and review process. All conferences whose proceedings are accepted for publication in the LNCS/LNAI series may use OCS, with technical support and free of charge. Feel free to visit the OCS Website http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/online-conference-service for more information. If you would like to access the demo version, kindly contact ocs_support@springer.com . You are cordially invited to explore using OCS for LSR 2018 paper processing.

In the following, I will summarize the overall information regarding the LNCS print/electronic publication process:

First, I would like to refer you to Springer's LNCS Webpage www.springer.com/lncs where nearly all information relevant to both volume editors and contributing authors regarding the LNCS print/electronic publication process can be found. For your convenience, I am attaching the editors´ guidelines to this email. These are identical to the ones available from the website. If you have any further technical questions going beyond those answered on our website, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Anna Kramer, email lncs@springer.com, phone +49 6221 487 8706.

We recommend that on the LSR 2018 Website you explicitly announce publication of revised selected papers as a post-proceedings in LNAI and include the series name Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence with a link behind the name directly connecting to the LNCS/LNAI Home Page ( www.springer.com/lncs ). You may also include the LNCS/LNAI logo and/or the Springer logo as available from the LNCS/LNAI Webpage. We will include the LSR 2018 Congress URL among the list of Forthcoming Proceedings (ftp://ftp.springernature.com/cs-proceeding/llncs/fcp/lncs_fcp.pdf) on our server during the next update.

LNCS/LNAI/LNBI is published, in parallel to the printed books, in full-text electronic version in our digital library SpringerLink; e.g., for the LSR 2017 predecessor post-proceedings, LNAI 10715, please see https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-76369-9 . We therefore need all the electronic files, most importantly the source files, of all parts of the manuscript (including front matter pages) as advised in the instructions. We enter into the source files to smooth out any formatting or capitalization discrepancies and to insert running heads, page numbers and a reference line at the bottom of the first page of every paper. We also require a final pdf of each paper created and checked by the authors. Once data processing has been finished, we shall contact the corresponding authors and ask them to check their papers. Hence, we will need from you, roughly at the time when you send us the files, a list containing all the corresponding authors' email addresses which we could use for contacting the authors.

NEW IN 2017/2018: We can now include ORCID for authors and editors of the proceedings. See this announcement http://bit.ly/2H8c5Ru and the guidelines http://bit.ly/2HaWmko (editor guidelines, section 4.7) for more information. Springer’s proceedings submission system, OCS, allows authors to enter and validate their ORCID iDs, thus integrating them into the workflow process from the very beginning. Authors and editors of proceedings that use other conference management systems can still provide ORCID iDs to appear in the proceedings and next to the editors’ information. For more information see: http://bit.ly/2H5xBpN.

As to the timeline, we need some nine weeks upon receipt of your complete set of electronic files to publish the books. Given that LSR 2018 is going to be published as a post-proceedings, it is clearly up to you, the reviewers and the contributing authors to set the pace towards publication of the book. Of course, thorough reviewing and revision of the papers after the conference will and may take some time; still, there shouldn't be too much of a delay between the conference date and the release of the post-proceedings.

The LNCS financial terms, incl. information about free copies, CD-ROM proceedings, etc. can be found in the pdf-document attached to this email. Also the LNCS Consent to Publish form is attached; this (recently updated version of the) form has to be signed by the authors of each paper, at least by the corresponding author, and collected electronically together with the final version of the paper. It is essential that the authors sign this form and only this form. The difference can be seen in the first paragraph, where “Springer International Publishing” is referred to, rather than “Springer-Verlag GmbH”. Please make sure that the copyright forms have been filled out correctly before sending the files, for example that only authors employed by the EU (as an institution) tick that particular box. I am afraid that some authors seem to think that if they work in a country in the European Union, they have to tick that box, which isn’t true. Equally, the box for US Government employees should only be ticked by US Government employees.

Please note that we offer the zero-cost option of giving registered conference participants and contributing authors (probably including those co-authors who could not attend the meeting) temporary free access to the online version of the post-proceedings on SpringerLink by means of a multiple-user token. Access is granted for approximately four weeks, starting a few days after publication of the (electronic) post-proceedings. Please inform us when you upload the files if you are interested in this option.

The editors will be informed once the online version of their volume(s) has been put online. They will be given a password + user ID which will allow them to access the whole contents of the LNCS/LNAI/LNBI at SpringerLink http://link.springer.com for a period of two months.

We look forward to again working with you and with your colleagues. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any questions or technicalities to be discussed.

Best regards,

Alfred

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Von: Adrian David Cheok [mailto:adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org]
Gesendet: Montag, 2. Juli 2018 15:57
An: Aliaksandr Birukou; Teresa ​ Romão
Cc: David Levy; Emma Yann Zhang (Google+); Anna Kramer; Alfred Hofmann
Betreff: Re: LSR 2018 and ACE 2018

Dear Alex

I am copying you in with Dr Teresa who will be ACE Steering Committee chair from Montana onwards. You may want to start discussing 2019 publication (I hope she will continue with Springer 2019 onwards!).

For LSR it will still be run by myself and Dr David Levy in 2019 onwards.

Warm wishes
Adrian

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 7:40 PM Adrian David Cheok <adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org> wrote:


 

Great, warmest wishes
Adrian

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 7:35 PM Aliaksandr Birukou <Aliaksandr.Birukou@springer.com> wrote:


Dear Adrian,

thank you for the prompt confirmation. Indeed, I was surprised mainly because papers in the previous proceedings were of “normal” length.

We’ll check if we have all the relevant info and proceed with the formal acceptance then!

Best regards,

Alex


 

From: Adrian David Cheok [mailto:adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org]
Sent: Montag, 2. Juli 2018 13:28
To: Aliaksandr Birukou
Cc: David Levy; Emma Yann Zhang (Google+); Anna Kramer; Alfred Hofmann
Subject: Re: LSR 2018 and ACE 2018

Dear Alex

As far as I know, we haven't formalised the publication with Springer, although Emma is working on it. But no matter what we ask for the papers in Springer format.

We hope to publish with Springer this year and every year of course.

For the call, 7+ pages for LSR and 2+ pages for ACE is in line with previous years. Some short papers we do not add into the Springer proceedings but give PDF files to the delegates. As in previous years most papers are long papers (you can see last years ACE proceedings is huge...!)

Warmest Wishes
Adrian 

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 5:58 PM Aliaksandr Birukou <Aliaksandr.Birukou@springer.com> wrote:


 

Dear Adrian David Cheok, David Levy, and Emma Yann Zhang, 

I have noticed that LSR and ACE send unsolicited e-mails re LSR and ACE 2018 publications. In order for us to formally issue the acceptance notice for the acceptance of those conferences for publication in the LNCS and LNAI series in 2018, would you be so kind to check the following issues:

1. LSR’s CfP mentions “7 papers or more”, while we would require 12-15+ pages (see the Editor instructions at https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/editor-guidelines-for-springer-proceedings)

2. ACE’s CfP mentions 2-20 pages. Please note that we cannot publish papers shorter than 4 pages. Also, how many short papers you would envision for ACE? We’d require that the majority of papers are full papers with only a small fraction of short or poster papers included if required for the community development.

Anna in cc can provide you with more details on our guidelines, if required.

Kind regards,
Alex

Aliaksandr Birukou
Executive Editor
Computer Science Editorial

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Date: June 8, 2018 at 10:20:44 GMT+2
To: "aliaksandr.birukou" <aliaksandr.birukou@springer.com>
Subject: Press Release: LSR 2018 Call for Submissions

LSR 2018 Call for Submissions

Love and Sex with Robots 2018 is calling for submissions to its 4th international congress to be held at the University of Montana, USA, on 13-14 December 2018.

Papers should be 7 pages or more (excluding references), in the Springer CS Proceedings format. Deadline for submission is 15th July, 2018 (GMT). Detailed instructions for submission format is found on http://loveandsexwithrobots.org/calls-for-submissions/.

Our keynote speaker this year is Matt McMullen, CEO of Realbotix and founder of Abyss Creations, the manufacturer of Realdoll. For the past 20 years he has been creating “The World’s Finest Love Dolls”. McMullen’s dolls have popped up on more than 20 television shows and also co-starred in 10 films. http://loveandsexwithrobots.org/speaker/

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