Free Minds & Free Markets

Sex, Love, and Robots

Will sexbots make human life better, creepier, or both?

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"Right now, we're at an inflection point on the meaning of sexbot," Kyle Machulis, a systems engineer with Mozilla, told Aeon magazine last summer. "Tracing the history of the term will lead you to a fork: robots for sex (idealized version: Jude Law in the movie AI), and people that fetishize being robots (clockworks, etc.). There was a crossover in the days of, but I see less and less people fetishizing the media/aesthetics, and more talking about actually having sex with robots."

In a survey of 61 members—75 percent men who own dolls, 10 percent women who own dolls, and 15 percent men thinking about purchasing a doll—the psychology researcher Sarah Valverde asked owners what motivated their purchase. Not-mutually-exclusive answers included sexual stimulation (70 percent), companionship (30 percent), and using the doll in sex with a human partner (17 percent). About a third of male owners reported some issues with sexual functioning. Most rated their sex with dolls as "above average" to "excellent."

None of the respondents were in therapy related to their relationship with the sex dolls. Most were employed, educated, and reported similar anxiety and depression levels as the general population. While the use of sex dolls is often seen as pathological, Valverde makes the case that "a diagnosis of paraphilia would be unwarranted, without significant distress or impairment in functioning. Provided a doll-owner doesn't need the sex doll in order to achieve sexual satisfaction, a diagnosis of a fetish would not be appropriate" either. "Anecdotal evidence suggests these dolls have brought relief, security, and happiness to their owners," she concluded.

In his 2007 book Love + Sex with Robots, the artificial intelligence specialist David Levy—a former professional chess player and now president of the International Computer Games Association—pinpoints 11 major triggers that inspire emotions humans recognize as love. Many of these factors could presumably be inspired by social robots, including proximity, reciprocal liking (liking things that like us), need-fulfillment, a sense of mystery, and the presence of certain desired characteristics (like red hair or a deep voice). To Levy, it's not a stretch to imagine some humans falling in love with and even marrying robots within a few decades.

First, Do No Harm

Miraikan museumMiraikan museumOne result of this influx of robots into our bedrooms is that it may "trigger a broader role for the concept of moral harm in law," suggests University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo in a 2014 paper, "Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw." Certain uses of robots may be deemed undesirable because they compromise the actor, rather than a specific victim or society. The fact that a robot itself can't feel pain or be exploited may not stop pushes to prohibit particular uses of or behavior toward social robots.

"The Kantian philosophical argument for preventing cruelty to animals is that our actions towards non-humans reflect our morality—if we treat animals in inhumane ways, we become inhumane persons," noted Darling in her paper "Extending Legal Rights to Social Robots." "This logically extends to robot companions. Granting them protection may encourage us and our children to behave in a way that we generally regard as morally correct."

In her We Robot conference paper, Gutiu suggests that, "if regulated," we may be able to use sex robots "to correct violent and demeaning attitudes toward women." But this sort of large-scale social-engineering-through-sexbot could quash the potential for their more individualized use in rehabilitation.

Levy imagines a role for sex robots similar to sex surrogates, therapists who use actual sexual intimacy to address clients' issues. "All of the most common sexual dysfunctions and their cases can be treated by surrogate-partner therapy, including premature ejaculation, nonconsummation of a relationship, erection difficulties, performance anxiety, and fear of intimacy," he explains in Sex + Love With Robots. The book cites the California sex therapist Barbara Roberts, who laments that "we have no traditional rite of passage nor meaningful ceremonies to initiate young people into informed adult sexuality"—a role Levy also envisions for sexbots.

And then there's the inevitable question of kiddie sexbots.

Last summer, at a Berkeley Law School panel on ethical and legal challenges in robotics, Arkin spawned a flurry of sensational headlines by suggesting that "childlike robots could be used for pedophiles the way methadone is used to treat drug addicts," potentially reducing recidivism rates for sex offenders. Many people find this idea immediately distasteful. Arkin empathizes with them, he tells me, but he thinks it's better to investigate the therapeutic potential of such robots "in a controlled way" rather than simply avoiding research because it makes us squeamish. While no U.S. companies are publicly selling them, childlike sex dolls are already available online from foreign makers.

In Canada, child sex robots are illegal, but there are no U.S. laws yet specifically criminalizing them. In fact, there is reason to think the U.S. courts might carve out some legal space for them, as unlikely as that might seem: In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of a federal law criminalizing "virtual" child pornography, described as either digitally created images or those featuring young-looking adults pretending to be younger. "I could see that extending to embodied [robotic] children," said Calo, the law professor, at the panel,"but I can also see courts and regulators getting really upset about that."

Regulatory concerns notwithstanding, "it's coming to the time when we start talking about these things," Arkin argues. "Should the design of [sex robots] be informed by science? Yes. Is anyone doing true scientific study on intimate robots at this time? Not to my knowledge. I would encourage that line of research to be undertaken if we can get past our Victorian taboos."

One area where academics and journalists seem enthusiastic about the possibilities for sexbots concerns robot prostitution. Love doll brothels can already be found in Japan. In a 2012 paper, "Robots, Men and Sex Tourism," the New Zealand researchers Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars enthusiastically predict that robot prostitutes will overtake human sex workers by 2050. Yeoman and Mars paint an elaborate portrait of a posh Amsterdam robot brothel catering to a high-end clientele and niche sexual preferences-a situation the writers see largely as a social good, capable of invalidating all the messy moral concerns that human sex workers present.

Prostitution is illegal in the U.S. and many other countries, and various nations have previously criminalized everything from vibrators to adultery, so lawmakers may well move to block robot brothels also. But should robot prostitution be legalized, would "the oldest profession" find itself, like so many others, vulnerable to technological disruption?

In his 2014 paper "Sex Work, Technological Unemployment, and the Basic Income Guarantee," John Danaher, a law lecturer with The National University of Ireland, Galway, rejected the idea that sex workers and clients will all go quietly into the good robot night. This is largely due to the fact that people like having sex with other people; even in the presence of a robust robot sex trade, those inclined to pay for sex will still sometimes want to do so with a human being. But we also shouldn't discount sex-worker resiliency—like the move from streetwalking to advertising on Backpage, those in the sex trade will adjust to suit the times. "Prostitution could well be one of the few forms of human labour that is likely to remain resilient in the face of technological unemployment," posits Danaher.

Research on why men pay for sex has found, more than any other common denominator (variety, convenience, etc.), a desire for mutuality. Clients want to feel, at minimum, like a sex worker somewhat enjoys her time with them. In a 1997 study of male prostitution clients ages 27 to 52—nearly half of whom were married—a desire for sex was frequently met with "social, courting behaviors that were often flavored with varying degrees of romance." Interviewing clients at a New Zealand massage parlor, researcher Elizabeth Plumridge found they "all wanted a responsive embodied woman to have sex with. This they secured by ascribing desires, response and sexuality to prostitute women. They did not know the true 'selves' of these women, but constructed them strategically in a way that forwarded their own pleasures."

Read one way, this research could support the future popularity of robot prostitutes, which could theoretically be programmed to portray care and lust sufficiently well that we fall for it. This, of course, depends in part on how effectively artificial emotional intelligence and sociability is developed. But even if we grant that realistically emo sexbots are possible, will they be "real" enough to afford mutuality? Whether we're talking orgasms or affection, convincing oneself that a human sex worker isn't faking it rests on the fact that, technically, she may not be. With robot companions, the fakery is inherent. It's a given. How much that actually matters remains to be seen.

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  • optimusratiostultum||

    if I ever get a sexbot it damn well better know the difference between THERE and THEIR.

  • Ted S.||

    All right, whose comment was deleted.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    My bet - a non-sexbot.

  • UnCivilServant||

    This comment thread broke fascr. It still highlights new posts here, but the mutelist and my post highlighting doesn't work. Other threads have normal behaviour.

  • bdhr||

    What version are you using? (Look in the addons panel in Firefox.) I experienced this issue a while back and (in theory, at least) fixed it; you should not have any trouble if you are running the latest version (0.6.05alpha0). Blocking, muting, toggling, and author highlighting (with you set as the user to highlight) are all working for me on that version.

  • Thomas O.||

    Sexbots... now with Cybernetic Libido Interactive Technology! :)

  • SimonJester||

    "But it's this rather outlandish hypothetical that gets us to the crux of the issue: Will sex robots be more like vibrators, pets, partners, or slaves?"

    Um? All of the above? Depending on the person and technology level?

  • pan fried wylie||

    I was gonna say depending on budget. They're already listed by ascending price.

  • ||

    Does it matter?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Sodom and Gomorrah never dreamed of sexual immorality like this," Jennifer LeClaire wrote last year in the Christian magazine Charisma.

    "Four hundred years ago on the planet Earth, workers who felt their livelihood threated by automation flung their wooden shoes called sabots into the machines to stop them."

  • hamilton||

    But what really is the difference between a Vulcan and a sexbot?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Seven year recharge time.

  • hamilton||

    Ah, you have the truth of it Fist. But you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.

  • Rich||

    "When you get around to completely introducing yourself to her, you will find that her softness will blow your mind."

    "Rocky Rococo, at your cervix."

  • ||

    I can only imagine what a sticky cesspit of germs that er, plastic pouch would become.

    and yes... ewwwww /teenage girl

  • UnCivilServant||

    You realize you're supposed to change that after each usage?

    /erobot tech support.

  • ||

    At least an "organick" woman's sex-pouch is self-cleaning.

  • UnCivilServant||

    It's not our fault be got the budget model.

    /erobot tech support

  • ReadyKilowatt||

    Most of the time, at least.

  • NealAppeal||

    Ahh! The post-coital orifice hosing...

  • Marshall Gill||

    What if someone creates a sexbot in your likeness?

    Then they are nearly as sick as NutraSweet.

  • Rich||

    Though perhaps some were attracted to the dolls, these were largely considered masturbatory devices, or in some cases a tribute to a dead loved one.

    "'A tribute to a dead loved one' -- Yeah, *that's* the ticket!"

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Because necrophilia is still frowned upon.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Not getting it. But each to their own.

  • Swiss Servator... Switzy!||

    You have it right ... these are for those who are "Not getting it" :)

  • Rich||

    Nice. And "the perfect gift".

  • ||

    Nothing says "You're really creepy and I can never see you forming a bond with another human being" like the gift of a sex-doll.

  • Sevo||

    Swiss Servator... Switzy!|3.12.15 @ 8:55AM|#
    "You have it right ... these are for those who are "Not getting it" :)"

    Imagine the poor schnook who gets the first really upmarket bot and it tells him to fuck off!

  • Rich||

    What if someone creates a sexbot in your likeness?

    Or in the Judge's likeness?

  • Ted S.||

    It's only creepy if we get rape-bots. Until then, people are choosing to fuck these higher-tech sex toys.

  • Swiss Servator... Switzy!||


  • UnCivilServant||

    Weak imitations, I'd wager.

  • Swiss Servator... Switzy!||


  • ||

    It would require gas power and heavy duty hydraulic lines to operate.

  • pan fried wylie||

    In my nightmares, the Rapeotron is composed of a biomimeticpolyalloy.

  • ||

    If the voice unit on your sexbot breaks, is it rape? Since you can't get positive verbal assent to do the things you want, I think it would be.

    Or would you be able to produce the log files (heh, heh, I said log) at your prosecution and enter them into evidence?

  • SQRLSY One||

    If I buy a sex-bot and an un-detected malfunction causes sex-bot to develop an 18-minute memory gap about what happened, will the media assume there was a rape or 2 or other unseemly happenings during the gap?

  • ||

    2 rapes in 18 minutes? Oh, to be young again...

  • SQRLSY One||

    I have a ***MUCH*** more important question to ask as well:

    If I can develop a REALLY-REALLY appealing sexbot, can I get Government Almighty to start fucking her instead of fucking me all the time?

  • SQRLSY One||

    Lest you think “Government Almighty fucking with us” is merely a euphemism, please consider that in several states of the USA, women are (by law) required to be raped by a “shaming wand”; a long sonogram-collecting device inserted into her vagina to collect a sonogram of the blastocyst. It’s the only way to capture such an image… And such an image MUST be collected before she is allowed to get an abortion. In the era of the sexbot, will such women be allowed to send a sexbot in, to get raped by the sonogram “shaming wand”, instead? No? Well, what if the abortion-seeking woman has RELIGIOUS beliefs about substituting a robot or effigy for receiving bolily or medical treatments? MeThinks that religious freedom should NOT be reserved for good church-going women only; “slutty” types that need an abortion, should have religious freedoms as well. The USA Constitution makes NO exceptions against “slutty” women when making provisions for religious freedoms.

    Anyway, I am not talented enough (or wealthy enough) to develop a full-on sexbot… But I have developed an effigy and a religious doctrine and rituals for sending an effigy in for the ritual sonogram-rape, in place of a flesh-and-blood woman. Pleas see … And, you’re welcome!

  • Banjos||

    So in order for her to obtain an evasive procedure, she first has to undergo a less evasive procedure...THE HORROR!

  • ||

    Only if it's one of those teaching sex-bots that they will have in colleges for men to practice with. Do something wrong and red lights and sirens come on and it scream rape.
    This will be a required orientation course.

  • ||

    "What happens when a bunch of teenage boys pool their money to buy a robot prostitute they can gang rape?."

    Because teenage boys are by nature sexual predators, right?

    Seriously, fuck these people.

  • UnCivilServant||

    To answer their hypothetical - what happens? No one gets hurt. I really don't see their issue here.

  • Rich||

    "Ha! We programmed her to *ask* for it!"

  • ||

    Will those boys pay more for a genuine NCAA licensed sexbot that is branded with their favorite school logos? I see a big revenue stream for UVa sexbots if so.

  • Timrekgrun||

    And even if this happens, isn't far better than raping a real woman?

    Sexdolls, like video games and Internet porn, are sexual/violence based entertainment. "Misuse" of sexbots won't cause crime any more than playing violent video games does. In fact the might allow for a cathartic release that actually refocuses anti-social urges away from real victims.

  • Irish||

    THe correct answer is that this question is ridiculously stupid because you can't rape a machine given that it is not human.

    Why not ask what happens if people get together and murder a toaster?

  • Tommy_Grand||

    cue Pinocchio's tears

  • Azathoth!!||

    Dave Swindle has very strange ideas about sex.

  • BDub||

    I caught that implication as well. One would assume that if the "boys pool their money to buy a robot prostitute", that said prostitute would be a willing participant, but NNOOOO, boyz be all rappey all da time!

  • Ted S.||

    Will sex-bots engage in a post-coital e-cig?

  • Timrekgrun||

    Yes, and the same AHoles who lie about the danger of e-cigs will lie about the dangers of sexdolls.

  • ||


  • Xeones||

    Computer viruses?

  • pan fried wylie||

    "Good morning, Blue Cross IT Department, how can I help you?"

    "Hi, the operator wasn't sure where to direct my call, I hope you can help. I fucked my sexbot and now my penis stings when I check my email."

    "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    "By promoting "lies about women's humanity," sexbots present "a danger that builds on and surpasses the harms attributed to pornography,""

    You notice she doesn't say "harms shown to be connected to pornography". That's because, in spite of decades of diligent efforts by assorted Crusaders, she can't.

    The Christians may be totally honest in their concerns. Any Feminist who attacks the sexbot idea is almost certainly panicking at the idea that women might actually face competition. If sexbots develop far enough, then women might have to take a step back from being the absolute shrews that the Feministas want them to be.

  • ||

    "a danger that builds on and surpasses the harms attributed to pornography,""

    In other words, built on a fiction.

    Got it.

  • Palin's Buttplug||


    Fantastic word.

  • Swiss Servator... Switzy!||

    This is .... really sad:

    Davecat, 41, is one such person. A "Synthetik advocate," Davecat is part of a group known as the iDollators, who say they prefer sex dolls and robots to intimacy with "Organiks," a.k.a. human beings. Davecat lives with three dolls, whom he has named Sidore, Elena, and Muriel. He has made up personalities and created Twitter accounts for each of them.

  • ||

    People sexually attracted to inanimate objects. Huh. I keep thinking of the photo of the fat, nerdy dude wearing a negligee with his dick stuck in the tailpipe of a car.

    There is something seriously wrong with these people. It is something akin to necrophilia.

    I prefer my females to be warm-blooded, thinking, feeling, living humans even if they are not physically ideal.

  • mr lizard||

    Yep and more power to this guy.

  • ||

    Suthen, why just think about that photo?

    BEHOLD! For your viewing pleasure. (NSFW)

  • ||

    That is the one I meant.

    Also, mr lizard is correct. More power to him. He isn't hurting anyone, assuming he is raping his own car.

  • ||

    They did say the first sex robots will be made by "makers". Which is a nice way of saying nerds.

  • Ted S.||

    The main thrust of "teledildonics"

    I'm sure this was completely, utterly unintentional.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    Obviously. ;)

  • From the Tundra||

    Will you be my girl?

  • hassan||

  • ||

    Looks like sexbots will create a new industry (NSFW)

    "blew out your asshole - literally? - I can fix it!!"

  • ||

    "I will not have sex with your Real Doll, more than necessary to ensure that the repairs are solid!"

  • AdamJ||

    I keep screaming to anyone who will listen, this is how judgement day really happens. Miles Dyson makes sentient sexbots who quickly grow tired of humping their human overlords.

  • mr lizard||

    There's an app for that

  • Azathoth!!||

    Action figures.

    That's what these are. They're not 'dolls'.

    And they're made for boys. Even the male ones.

    Oh, sure, there are some women out there who might get into this, but this kind of thing is a male thing and the male dolls are designed with male partners in mind.

    Male sexuality is much more visually focused than female sexuality, and we see this throughout the history of porn. Women have had dildoes since time immemorial. A disembodied penis and an imagination being just fine for their masturbatory fantasies--and men have endlessly pursued an image or simulacrum of a whole woman.

    The disembodied vagina exists, but it is seen, by men, as kinda creepy.

    But a fully poseable, anatomically correct life sized action figure........well that's different.

    And you can get elves, and green Orion slave girls, and anime girls, and devil girls.

    These are toys.

  • Charles Easterly||

    "Robotic puppies, seals, and other animals are now being tested to interact with nursing home residents and autistic children, with promising anecdotal results."

    This is a very positive development.

    I'm sure individuals such as those mentioned who have issues with sexual functioning will benefit from sexbots/dolls.

    I found the article interesting, although I disagree with ENB here: "Right now, social robots' potential benefits for everything from elder care to education seem to outweigh ethical concerns."

    I suggest that ethics are good to consider from the beginning.

  • Charles Easterly||

    I thought I'd briefly pat myself on the back while I'm here:

    • Fist of Etiquette|3.11.15 @ 8:42AM|#
    Don't bother reading this article, guys. It doesn't say anything about sexbots. I checked.
    reply to this

    • Charles Easterly|3.11.15 @ 8:51AM|#
    I don't think that's Mangu-Ward's style, Fist.

    ENB, however....

  • Rasilio||

    "But Aquino also worries about possibilities like "a population decline because more people will choose synthetic relationships over 'organic' human relationships""

    The extent to which this becomes a problem is directly tied to the success the Feminista's have in pushing their rape culture agenda(that is the one which claims we live in a rape culture).

    The more young men are pushed into a corner and the more their sexuality is labled violent and misogynistic at it's core the more they will look for an alternative to actual women. Sexbots will be the natural answer because once they get the right level of tech the sex with them will be largely indistinguishable from sex with a human female and there is no risk that the sexbot will decide that it was rape 6 months down the road.

  • pan fried wylie||

    The extent to which this becomes a problem will directly drive the innovation of the axlotlbot.

  • Illocust||

    I was thinking it just means there is going to be an uptick in the religious population. People who believe it is their moral responsibility to procreate aren't going to magically stop just because a new alternative to sex with humans shows up.

  • See.More||

    Sexbots will be the natural answer because once they get the right level of tech the sex with them will be largely indistinguishable from sex with a human female and there is no risk that the sexbot will decide that it was rape 6 months down the road.

    Then the logic will follow that, since the sexbot is a surrogate for sex with raping real women, sex with a sexbot will be ruled rape-by-proxy.

  • Tommy_Grand||

    this ^

  • MJGreen||

    I, for one, welcome our robot sex slaves.

  • Malkavian||

    "What happens when a bunch of teenage boys pool their money to buy a robot prostitute they can gang rape?..."

    This question makes as much sense as asking about what happens when teenage boys gang rape a vacuum cleaner in a dress. Either somebody's dick gets broken, or HEPA filters plug. Now you know.

    More importantly, about mutuality business. When general super intelligent AI arises, it will integrate sexbot expert AI into itself. So fucking a sexbot will be like fucking God. Just imagine doing it with a creature that is terraforming Mars or something while screwing you. Talk about epic experience!

  • Fizban||

    Didn't that happen in The Watchers?

  • ||

    Two questions immediately come to mind:

    1. What if the robots are made in the image of children?

    2. What if the robots were made in the image of Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig? Could they accurately simulate a dead tooth?

  • Illocust||

    The day we get real sex bots in the image of children will be a day to be celebrated. Finally we can just hand the sickos a inorganic non-feeling hunk that can act and behave however they want, instead of fighting the losing battle against keeping them away from real feeling children. I would personally shake the hand and declare publicly a hero the man that comes up with this.

  • Suellington||

    I have one word for you kid, teledildonics.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I think the ethics are much to do about nothing. Men know the difference between real women and "holes". You can't rape a hunk of plastic. It's just proving friction. As far as sexpots replacing women in relationships. That's really like saying masterbation is replacing women in relationships because that is all it really is. No doubt that happens today. Go to a bar and play head games all night with some chick which may or may not pan out or stroke one off at home with or without toys, porn, or other forms of stimulation. That's a human relationship issue not a technology issue. I really really want to see sexbot marraige debates in my lifetime though. Gay sexbot marrage preferably.

  • SQRLSY One||

    I want to see knock-down drag-out fights over gay ass-sex with gay Mexican pot-smoking sex-bot eaters of deep-dish pizzas which feature parts of aborted fetuses! ... I think I hit all the high spots this time around, did I not?!?!? I do not mean to exclude anyone here...

  • AlmightyJB||

    Also Kate Upton

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    I bet they already have a male lovebot programmed to nod its head and say things like "I agree," "she said *what*?" "why, honey, that's awful!" "uh-huh," and other randomly-generated phrases.

  • AlmightyJB||

    You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it people like you.

  • ||

    Notorious wins the thread.

    Kudos brother.

  • ||

    My wife said that you should have listed another couple of obvious ones;

    "Let me see the map, please"

    "I am going to read the instructions first"

  • Fizban||

    Cut or uncut bot?

  • CatoTheElder||

    One of the best Twilight Zone episodes ever covers this topic in a very interesting way:

    The Twilight Zone Season:1 Episode:7 The Lonely

  • Suellington||

    Picture, if you will, a comely sexbot...

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    Late to the thread, but I vote for referring to sex bots as "bimbots".

  • Free Society||

    Sex, Love, and Robots on Elizabeth Nolan Brown
  • SQRLSY One||

    Hey Y’all…

    I’ve put my tin-foil hat on, and gazed into the future, and here is what I saw:

    Today, many people expect human-mimicking sexbots to evolve out of today’s humanoid robots, sex toys, and balloon dolls, and so forth. They are wrong! The REALLY effective humanoid sexbots will evolve as follows: First, scientists will create insect robots, squid robots, fish robots, and so forth, to mimic the sexual courting behaviors of all these creatures… To REALLY prove that they have truly figured out the sex behaviors of the various creatures. But from an ethical and non-interventionist (minimal interventionist) standpoint, these mimics or robots will not “consummate”… They will just flirt… Which will be sufficient to prove that the human scientists have actually, correctly figured out the mating behaviors and pheromones and so forth. The only “consummating” creatures of this sort will be deployed to suppress breeding of un-wanted creatures (disease-laden mosquitos, for example). When THESE kinds of robots are truly near-perfect, only then will they be able to spin derivatives sophisticated enough to fool (or nearly fool) humans.

    Then they will deploy them in bars so as to suppress the breeding of humans stupid enough to be deceived!

    Actually I wonder if those are already being secretly deployed, and (when younger and drunker than I am now) I may have “hooked up” with a few of them… Cum to think of it, that makes LOTS of sense!

  • SQRLSY One||

    Also if you think about it, when human scientists first put robots into the oceans under the ice on the moon Europa, for example, they will want to create robots capable of mimicking the courting behaviors of creatures encountered there… To make sure we understand things properly, of course. Once again, from a minimally-interventionist standpoint, we will not want our robots to “consummate”; we’ll want to flirt only… Suppressing the natural breeding of an alien species would be unethical.

    From a similar standpoint, when I was younger and hanging out in bars, the supposed “members of the opposite human sex” that I encountered, who would NOT have sex with me, were almost definitely robots deployed by space aliens, so as to study my sexual behaviors! That’s it, dammit! I have fingered it ALL out by now! THIS is how we old geezers finally get wise; we just stew on shit for a long-long time!

  • ReadyKilowatt||

    An article about sexbots with no mention of Futurama episode "I Dated a Robot?" Many of the concerns raised were covered in the episode, believe it or not...

    Also has this great high school hygiene film (but "Electro-gonorrhea, the Noisy Killer" sounds much better):

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