Why bother with the intricacies of real-life sex with actual human beings when you can have your needs fulfilled by a perfectly satisfactory sex robot whenever you feel like it?
According to experts who spoke at the International Congress of Love and Sex with Robotics in mid-December, this could be our collective mindset when it comes to android intercourse in as few as 25 years.
“It could be that we are so busy with our lives, we are so embedded in our technological narrative that the idea of engaging in long-distance sex and robot sex is actually a natural process in our evolutionary cycle,” said Dr. Trudy Barber from Portsmouth University at the conference held in London, UK.
Barber, who is a leading voice in the study of technology’s effects on human sexuality, thinks automatons will help us cherish “the real thing” and thus render our “real-time relationships more valuable and exciting.”
Other scientists, however, have expressed their concerns about how sex robots – currently on the market for $8,640 – could result in our having unrealistic expectations of sex with other humans. This could be a particularly worrying trend among teenagers, they've said. Earlier this year, former United Nations advisor Dr. Noel Sharkey pushed governments to draw a firm line between robotics and the sex industry.
Other experts have voiced concerns about the collecting and sharing of personal information that could accompany the sex robot industry. Dr. Kate Devlin with the Department of Computing at the University of London, Goldsmiths, said sex robots will probably be just like phones and fitness trackers in that “we tick the box of the terms and conditions without checking them.”
At the recent conference, Devlin asked the crowd: “Do we want people to know when we have sex and how we have sex?”
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h/t Reuters UK.