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Sex technology, also called sex-tech or sextech, is technology and technology-driven ventures that are designed to enhance, innovate and disrupt human sexuality and/or the human sexual experience. Use of the term was propagated online by Cindy Gallop from MLNP and is associated with an advancement of the Digital Revolution from 2010 and its impact on society and culture. It is often used in conjunction or interchangeably with the term 'teledildonics' referring to the remote connection between Bluetooth enabled sex toys that use haptic feedback to reciprocate or mimic human, sexual interaction. However, teledildonics is far more representative of Bluetooth-enabled sex toys and captures the technological capacities of its time whereas sex-technology is rooted in more modern discourse. As such, the word sex-tech is an umbrella term used to describe multiple technologies spanning from VR porn, health and sexual wellness platform or app-based technology, Bluetooth enabled sex toys, pornography video scripting, remote sex interfaces and sex robots.
While still nascent, sextech has seen a recent boom in mainstream acceptance due to a big push from female-led firms in the space. Notable individuals include Cindy Gallop (Founder and CEO of MLNP), Polly Rodriguez (Co-founder and CEO of Unbound), Alex Fine and Janet Lieberman (Co-founders of Dame Products), Andrea Barrica (Founder and CEO of O.School), Liz Klinger from (Co-founder and CEO of Lioness), Kate Moyle (Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist at Pillow Play), Stephanie Alys (Co-founder and CPO at MysteryVibe), Dr. Kate Devlin from Goldsmiths University, Maxine Lynn (sextech attorney, and CEO of Stript Erotic Designs), and journalists including Alix Fox, Nichi Hodgson, Rebecca Newman, Gigi Engle, Bryony Cole, Suzannah Weiss, Joseph Seon Kim, Hallie Lieberman, and GirlOnTheNet.
Sextech entrepreneur Andrea Barrica estimated the market at $30 billion in 2018, with $800 million coming from Amazon sales. Sextech has a long history, and social norms towards it are changing, contributing to the explosive growth.
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- New kinds of sex
- New Ways To Meet Partners
- New Kinds Of Partners
- New Ways To Coordinate Hook Ups
- Possibility of sexual enlightenment
- Stronger relationships
- Cure for loneliness
- Better sex
- Risk of addiction
- Unnecessary or unlawful collection and use of sensitive personal data
- Potential for harm and inequality caused by sex robots
- Artificial intelligence
- Augmented reality
- Haptic technology
- Virtual reality sex
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