On Sex Robots and Men: The Future of Intimacy

On Sex Robots and Men: The Future of Intimacy

Science fictions have always featured fears about the possibility of sex robots to transform people’s lives ever since the 1940s. Back then, the interaction between humans and artificially intelligent robots seem to be impossible. However, Isaac Asimov brought to the public his popular Three Laws of Robotics, which was meant to keep robots from hurting humans. 

Asimov’s first law stated that “a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” This came from the understanding that AI robots would positively or negatively affect human beings through direct interaction. 

On Sex Robots and Men: The Future of Intimacy

There are several films that depict potential human to robot interactions. For instance, Ava from Ex Machina planned a murder tactic against its ostensible master. On the other hand, Star Wars’ 3PO and R2-D2 worked with the rebel Alliance to oppose the Empire. However, these depictions were never focused on the broader and more significant social effects of AI or the way robots could affect the way humans interact with each other.

Technology and Intimacy

A recent study conducted by Stanford University revealed that humans may experience intimacy towards technology like AI robots because the human brain is not necessarily hardwired for life in the 21st century. For this reason, relationships between a human being and a robot are now becoming a reality.

Now, RealDoll, a sex doll manufacturing company that claims to have sold over 5,000 sex dolls, is planning to develop an AI sex robot. The plan is to make a system that can both follow commands and have conversations with its user. According to a report publicized by the New York Times, a Realbotix head that is attachable to the existing RealDoll body will cost anywhere around $10,000. 

In one of the company’s blog titled “Is This the Dawn of the Sexbots?”, David Mills, RealDoll’s owner, explained that the sex robot is warm to the touch. He even added that he loves women. However, he does not like to be around people. 

According to the RealDolls owner, women have enjoyed sex toys for five decades. However, he wants men to experience the same satisfaction. This is his reason for building his company RealDolls. 

Moreover, Mills added that the people who are leading society into the future of sex had other lives before that  For instance, Mills himself was known food his book titled “Atheist Universe,” a book that Richard Dawkins cites as “admirable work. 

On the other hand, David Levy is a British international chess master. This sport prompted Levy to computing. With his pair of sharp eyebrows and white hair, he has the look of the famous Albert Einstein. 

Levy won the coveted Loebner prize in 1997 and in 2009. The said award is given to programs that are best able to simulate human communication. 

On Sex Robots and Men: The Future of Intimacy

In the year 2007, the chess master published a book titled “Love and Sex with Robots. One critic from the USA Today found the book troublingly arousing. He argued that sex with robots will soon be accepted by society just like how they accepted same-sex relationships. He added that love with robots will become as normal as the love between human beings. The number of sexual positions and acts that humans practice during sex will become extended. This is because robots will teach people so much more than what is published in every sex manual in the world.

In addition to that, Levy predicted that a huge demand for sex robots will come from people who have empty spaces in their lives because they do not have anyone to love and no one loves them. He also said that the world will become a much happier place because all the people who are alone in life will be able to have someone to accompany them. Levy thinks that this will be an excellent service to human beings. 

Robots were invented by William Grey Walter in Bristol in 1949. Back then, he was investigating how the brain works. Now, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, located in the University of West England campus, is the world’s leading laboratory in its field. The lab’s center is a house that serves as their “assisted living” smart home. There, researchers are testing systems that aim to help people who have limited mobility and dementia. Sitting by the sofa is a sociobot that has the ability to respond to facial expressions. On the other hand, located by the dining table is the laboratory’s most hyper-realistic robot. Its name is Molly. She has a tablet on her chest where she displays photographs.

There is no denying that robots and the technology behind them are continuously evolving at a fast phase. From robots that look like pieces of metal, AI robots are now human-looking and are capable of moving and speaking on their own. 

The same evolution applies to sex robots. They started as blow-up sex dolls that are poorly shaped in the form of a human woman. These dolls can only bring a little amount of sexual gratification to men. But blow-up dolls developed into human-like sex dolls with silicone skin and a beautiful face. 

Thanks to the continuous development of technology, these human-like sex dolls became, even more, better, thus sex robots were born. These hyper-realistic sex robots cannot only bring sexual experience that is as close as the feeling of having sex with a human woman. Instead, sex robots have the ability to talk to their owners. They even have a self-heating system that can mimic the temperature of the human body, making them good company during cold nights.

On Sex Robots and Men: The Future of Intimacy

Now, the question is, are sex robots the future of intimacy? The answer to that is a simple yes. People are already accepting the existence of sex robots. In fact, a lot of people, regardless of their gender, are considering buying sex robots. In addition, people who are alone in life are choosing sex dolls and sexbots as their company.

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