Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years, say experts.
Men are considering the prospect with curiosity and a sense
of humour. But academics and feminists are terrified and
calling for them to be banned.
The creators of Pepper the 'emotional robot' have forbidden
users from using it for sexual purposes, creating 'sexy apps'
for it or reprogramming it to stalk people.
While Softbank wants Pepper to behave like a good little
robot and not a spicy sex-bot, the fine print is somewhat
ambiguous, with some people taking it to mean customers
are not barred from physical relations with the robot,
just from using it for “improper purposes.”
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“For whatever reason there are huge numbers of people
who just don’t have a relationship with someone they
can love and someone who can love them,” he said.
“For people like that, I think that sex robots will
be a real boon. It will get rid of a problem they’ve
got, fill a big void in their lives and make them much
It’s a view that has been described as a “terrifying
nightmare” by robotics ethicist Dr. Kathleen Richardson.
The development of sex robots and the ideas to support
their production show the immense horrors still present
in the world of prostitution which is built on the
“perceived” inferiority of women and children and
therefore justifies their use as sex objects.
We propose that the development of sex robots will
further reduce human empathy that can only be developed
by an experience of mutual relationship.
We challenge the view that the development of adult and
child sex robots will have a positive benefit to society,
but instead further reinforce power relations of inequality
“Sex can never not be relational. You need another person.
If it’s not relational you’re really masturbating,” she said.
These complexities are the kind of moral, ethical and legal
quandaries Professor Cheok expects to air at the conference.
The Australian-born digital expert specializes in human-computer
interfaces and thinks robots will be integrated into our lives
in the short-term as friends, sex objects and care-givers
before the relationships develop and could even include
different levels of compliance for the types of relationships
people want to have.
“We really don’t know how human society will react.
The worst-case scenario is that people begin to have a robot
partner rather than a human partner,” he said, adding that
this could happen to a “small percentage of the population”
similar to the way people have died after being gripped by
the reality of video games.
“There will be some people … that prefer robots over humans
but I think that won’t be the majority. I think most people
will prefer to have real human relationship.”
Seems some people will jump anything ,
even if it doesn't have a heartbeat !