Sex robot

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Sex robots or sexbots are hypothetical anthropomorphic robot sex dolls.[1] As of 2017, although no fully functioning sex robots yet exist, such a technology is believed to be a near-future possibility, and there is controversy as to whether developing it would be morally justifiable.

Predictions[edit]

In June 2006, Henrik Christensen of the European Robotics Research Network told the UK's Sunday Times that "people are going to be having sex with robots within five years."[2]

In 2014, David Levy, the chess champion and author of Love and Sex with Robots[1] said in an interview with Newsweek that "I believe that loving sex robots will be a great boon to society ... There are millions of people out there who, for one reason or another, cannot establish good relationships."[3] He estimates that this will take place by the mid-21st century.[3]

Attempts at realization[edit]

There are ongoing attempts to make sex dolls socially interactive. In 2010, a sex doll called Roxxxy that had the capacity to play back pre-recorded speech cues was demonstrated at a trade show.[4] In 2015, Matt McMullen, the creator of the RealDoll stated that he intends to create sex dolls with the capacity to hold conversations.[5]

Philosophical discussion and opposition[edit]

In September 2015, Kathleen Richardson of De Montfort University and Erik Billing of the University of Skövde created the Campaign Against Sex Robots, calling for a ban on the creation of anthropomorphic sex robots.[6][7][8][9] They argue that the introduction of such devices would be socially harmful, and demeaning to women and children.[7]

In September 2015, the Japanese company SoftBank, the makers of the Pepper robot, included a ban on robot sex. The robots user agreement states: "The policy owner must not perform any sexual act or other indecent behaviour".[10][11]

The First International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots was held in Funchal, Madeira in November 2014.[12] In October 2015 a second conference scheduled for November 2015 in Malaysia was declared illegal by the Malaysian Inspector-General of Police.[13][14][15] A renewed attempt to hold a second conference is scheduled to occur in December 2016 at Goldsmiths, University of London in the United Kingdom.[16]

In 2016, a discussion of these issues was held at the 12th IFIP TC9 Human Choice & Computers Conference, entitled "Technology and Intimacy: Choice or Coercion?".[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gurley, George (April 16, 2015). "Is This the Dawn of the Sexbots? (NSFW)". VanityFair.com. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  2. ^ Habershon, Ed; Woods, Richard (2006-06-18). "No sex please, robot, just clean the floor — Times Online". The Times. London. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b James, Jacob (2014-10-23). "'I Believe That It Will Become Perfectly Normal for People to Have Sex With Robots'". Newsweek. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  4. ^ Hornyak, Tim (2010-01-11). "Sex robot Roxxxy looking for action". CNET. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  5. ^ The New York Times (2015-06-11). "Sex Dolls That Talk Back". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  6. ^ Ellyatt, Holly (2015-09-05). "Campaign launched against 'harmful' sex robots". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  7. ^ a b "Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys". BBC News. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  8. ^ Temperton, James (2015-09-15). "Campaign Against Sex Robots calls for ban on human-robot sex". Wired UK. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  9. ^ Justin Wm. Moyer (15 September 2015). "Having sex with robots is really, really bad, Campaign Against Sex Robots says". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  10. ^ McCurry, Justin (28 September 2015). "No sex, please, they're robots, says Japanese android firm". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  11. ^ O'Connor, Brendan (2016-09-26). "Japanese Robot Owners Reminded Not To Fuck Their Robots". Gawker. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  12. ^ "1st International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots". cie.acm.org. Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  13. ^ Tan, Tarrence (October 13, 2015). "IGP declares ‘Sex with Robots’ conference illegal". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  14. ^ Reese, Hope (21 October 2015). "Academic conference on 'Love and Sex with Robots' abruptly cancelled after being declared illegal". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  15. ^ Hale-Stern, Kaila (2015-10-22). "The Annual Love and Sex With Robots Conference Has Been Canceled". Gizmodo. Gawker Media. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  16. ^ "Love and Sex with Robots". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  17. ^ Dean, Jon (2016-09-05). "First ever conference in to sex robots to ask the big questions". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  18. ^ Cheshire, Tom (7 September 2016). "Can 'Sex Robots' Replace Human Relationships?". Sky News. Retrieved 2016-09-07.