Thanks to a researcher at Kirkwood College, the scientific community is now engaged in a polemic regarding sex robots and the implications that come with the usage of such devices. Opinions differ, some saying that sex robots will not be able to replace human contact, others stating that the mechanization of intercourse will trigger the extinction of modern copulation methods.
The controversy began when Joel Snell published an article in the Daily Star in which he stated that sex robots will soon become an addict’s dream and that the ordinary lifestyle will be shaken by the new trends. According to him:
“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.”
The controversy is big enough to give birth to an official organization dubbed Campaign Against Sex Robots. Kathleen Richardson, the director of the group and senior research fellow in robotics ethics at the University of De Montfort, believes that the use of sex robots will plunge humankind into a spiral of dehumanization from which we will never recover.
“Everyone thinks sex robots are very exciting to begin with, but when you’re alone and you hate to carry a 40lb robot upstairs, or their programme breaks down and you have to call ‘support’ and go through automated options to speak to an ‘advisor’ to find out why your robot is twitching its head repeatedly – the excitement will quickly fade”
Her objections bring the notion of having sex with robots closer to reality. What will it be like when the device is updating? What if it updates during intercourse? What will it smell like? How will it be cleaned?
All of these are valid questions, and they will be most likely answered in the user’s manual that will come with the dolls. The biggest issue with this new technology is being raised by psychologists who say that sex robots will be a cleaner alternative to sex workers, and it will also eliminate the “chase.”
Basically, scientists are afraid that humans will lose interest in human contact and replace it with the sterile, mechanical version. Now that the in-vitro technique allows women to reproduce without copulation, the biggest concern is that people will lose their interest in intimate relations.
What is your opinion on sex robots? Do you think they will take over the world as some scientists are predicting?
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