Sex Robots and the Future

Since the industrial revolution, humanity has feared the day that robots will make humans less desirable, whether that be in the bedroom or the workplace. Some researchers say that robots will never be more desirable than humans because they aren’t real.

Over the past decade a trend has become more and more apparent that humans, especially the younger generations, have become completely consumed in technology. Modern technology has allowed us to communicate and maintain relationships through a virtual world across vast distances.. but has it destroyed our desire to have face to face interactions. How can we be so connected yet so far at the same time?

In less than two decades, blow up dolls have evolved into a multimillion-dollar global synthetics or love doll industry that has generated an entire subculture of owners who treat their synthetics like real life partners. Modern synthetics are so real that we could hardly distinguish between these love dolls and real humans in photographs.

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Synthetics today cost anywhere from $3500-$10k and are made using a soft and flesh-like silicone. Each female synthetic doll is completely customizable from breast size to makeup to shape and style of the body.

While some people might laugh at the idea of sex toys ever replacing a real human body, the consequences of truly lifelike sex robots becoming an everyday reality could potentially lead to a variety of challenging future scenarios. These challenges include issues related to family life, human relationships, and other problems not yet discovered. While those on the other side of the fence argue sex robots could offer a safe outlet for those with sexually transmitted diseases, individuals interested in prostitutes, those wanting to avoid pregnancy, and couples who are polygamous.

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In August 2014, a Pew Research Center report entitled AI, Robotics, And The Future Of Jobs said that many of us will have robotic sex partners by 2025. The report surveyed 1,896 experts of all backgrounds to determine how robotics and advanced A.I. programs will affect jobs by 2025.

In the last decade, companies began rolling out the world’s first sex robots. Not surprisingly, these sexbots were essentially synthetics, or love dolls, upgraded with mechanical bones and computer software that allowed them to move, moan, and even fake an orgasm.

An example of these sexbots is Roxxxy, deemed one of the world’s first sex robots that premiered at the AVN Expo in Las Vegas in 2010. Depending on the model, Roxxxy can hear, talk, and feel you thanks to the sexbot’s light artificial intelligence, hardware, and programming. As far as anatomy, Roxxxy has “a heartbeat and a circulatory system! The circulatory system helps heat the inside of her body.” A motor in her chest is constantly whirring, so that she’s warm to the touch. She can also have an orgasm, though “having an orgasm” for Roxxxy appears to be a shuddering sort of reaction the bot gives.

Are we fast approaching a world imagined by Hollywood blockbuster A.I. Artificial Intelligence? Where child like robots replace our need for children and sex robots replace prostitutes?

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Surrogates is another example of a world where humanity has become so engulfed in technology that people no longer interact flesh to flesh. All interactions take place through the use of robotics and virtual realities; while the human body is kept locked in a room on a feeding machine.

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Our technological capabilities are accelerating so rapidly now that in another 10 years, today’s technology will seem like ancient artifacts. What do you think of sex robots? Are they an outlet for human exploration or a tool to further separate us from the real world?