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Can VR and artificial intelligence make a sex doll real? (The 3:59, Ep. 78)

We also talk about Facebook's use of old phones to ensure it can reach everyone and Nest's "next chapter" with a new camera.

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This story is part of The Daily Charge, CNET reporters Roger Cheng and Ben Fox Rubin tackle the top tech stories of the day. Don't mind their awkwardness.

Nowadays, everything is getting smarter. Apparently, that includes sex dolls.

We discuss whether a sex doll armed with artificial intelligence might replace human companionship, and whether adding virtual reality creates the illusion that the doll may be more real than it actually is. More broadly, we look at the idea of robots as companions (so it's not 100 percent dirty).

We also talk about CNET's visit to Facebook's data center in Prineville, Oregon, and why it's stocked with roughly 2,000 outdated phones. There's a good reason. Really!

Lastly, Nest releases a new camera, which it hopes represents a new chapter for the company. But how big of a step can a new camera be?

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

Can VR and artificial intelligence make a sex doll real? (The 3:59, Ep. 78)


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