Sex robots are almost here! Uh… really?
Back in 2007, artificial intelligence researcher David Levy from the University of Maastricht told LiveScience that people could be marrying robots – and consummating their vows – by 2050.
Although it might not appeal at first, he said, “once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon.”
In his PhD thesis, Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners, Levy stated that the more human-like robots become in terms of personality, function and appearance, the more likely they are to form romantic partners for real people.
“It may sound a little weird, but it isn’t.
Actually, it is weird. (And the image above is pretty creepy.)
However, to be honest, I don’t see much to worry about. Lots of people already use primitive “robots” to augment their sex lives.
Making a robot more like a human doesn’t actually make it human. Robots are just things, and like any other things they can be used for good or ill.
Will lifelike sex robots fundamentally change the sexual dynamic of humanity? Maybe! But lots of other things have done that in the past, and we’ve survived.
- Monogamy, marriage, divorce
- Birth control in various forms
- Paternity testing (blood typing, DNA, etc.)
- Pornography (from cave paintings to the internet)
I don’t see anything qualitatively different between a human-like sex robot and a vibrator — if they ever exist, use with discretion.