- Scientists believe sex with robots is set to overtake human sex by 2050
- Bots would be programmable so could meet each individual user’s needs
- However, a sex therapist has said that robot use in the bedroom could be healthy, as long as they do not replace humans entirely
Sex with robots is set to overtake human sex by 2050.
But a robotics expert has warned that robot sex could become addictive, and will someday even replace human-human sex entirely.
Like many other technologies that have replaced humans, robots could even surpass human technique, to become better lovers, he claims.
WILL SEXBOTS STOP CRIME?
Many people can see a variety of benefits that sexbots have to offer.
Behaviour therapist Nicolas Aujula sees them as a mechanism for helping fetishists explore extreme sexual fantasies, which could help fight sex crime.
Mr Aujula said: ‘Over the next few years, sex bots I believe could commonly provide a safe and discreet solution for exploring fantasies – offering the possibilities of simply having more creative sex, through to satisfying extreme fetish behaviour.
Speaking to the newspaper, Joel Snell, a robotics expert from Kirkwood College in Iowa, said: ‘Robotic sex may become addictive.
‘Sexbots would always be available and could never say no, so addictions would be easy to feed.
‘People will rearrange their lives to accommodate their addictions.’
As well as being available for sex whenever it is wanted, the robots could even become better at sex than humans.
Mr Snell added: ‘Because they would be programmable, sexbots would meet each individual user’s needs.’
While the idea of robots taking over the bedroom could sound daunting, a sex therapist has suggested that it could be healthy for our sex lives.
Gurpreet Singh, a sex therapist, said: ‘Who are we to judge people who want to have sex with robots?
‘Let people enjoy sex robots – they will work in the same way couples introduce a toy into a sexual relationship. And if both parties are agreed, I see nothing wrong
toy into a sexual relationship. And if both parties are agreed, I see nothing wrong.’
However, Mr Singh warned that it would not be healthy for robots to replace humans entirely.
He added: ‘It takes on a whole different meaning if sex robots are used because of a fear of intimacy or because a person wants to be isolated.
‘Then the addiction needs to be addressed.’
A recent survey was done by VoucherCodesPro, who asked 2,816 sexually active Brits to describe which activities they would carry out with a cyborg.
Researchers asked those participants who said they would have sex with a robot why they would do it.
Seventy two per cent said they thought the robots ‘would be very good at it’ while 28 per cent said it would be a new experience.
But sex robots could also lead to changes in the sex industry, replacing prostitutes to help stamp out sexual slavery and trafficking.
Dr John Danaher, a lecturer in business at NUI Galway believes that sex robots could be a good substitute for human prostitutes.
He said: ‘The cyborgs can cater for desire for sexual variety, freedom from constraint and complication and fear of lack of sexual success.
‘Technology may become better at developing emotional bonds with their clients.
‘They won’t need to ‘fake it’ the same way as human prostitutes.’
THE COST OF SEXBOTS REVEALED
Neal Slateford, co-owner of online sex toy retailer Lovehoney, sees a future where sexbots are mainstream.
‘The technology is developing all the time, and the early robotic toys they have created are still out of the price range of most people – costing around £6,000 ($7777),’ he said.
‘Prices will inevitably come down, and we envisage selling mass market robotic toys in around three years’ time. They could be really brilliant products – and let’s face it, it is the safest way to have a threesome with your partner and not end up in the divorce courts.’
San Francisco-based RealDoll currently sells realistic sex dolls for around $5,000 (£3857) a unit.
It recently launched a project harnessing AI to create sexbots that have customisable personalities and can talk to their owners in romantic as well as entraining ways.
Courtesy: Daily Mail, UK