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.


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]


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  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. 
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  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. 
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  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.