Original Article by Tabi Jackson Gee writing for the Telegraph
Campaigners are worried about humanoid sex robots
Dr Kathleen Richardson and fellow campaigners are worried that [sex robots] will inspire misogynistic attitudes and unrealistic sexual expectations
They’ve started a campaign called the Campaign Against Sex Robots
They say “We propose that robots are a product of human consciousness and creativity and human power relationships are reflected in the production, design and proposed uses of these robots. As a result, we oppose any efforts to develop robots that will contribute to gender inequalities in society.”
Matt McMullen is on the other side of the coin
McMullen, CEO of Realbotix, is a sex robot developer. Initially they will be sold for £40,000, but the technology will become more mainstream and less expensive to implement. He believes that sex robots will be good for us, and that as any technology grows, humans will inevitably use it for sex.
According to Dr Trudy Barber, a pioneer in the impact of technology on sexual intercourse, our growing immersion in technology means that it is only a matter of time before it takes a mainstream role in sex. Put simply: sex between couples will increasingly be saved for special occasions as robots step in to satisfy our everyday needs.
Speaking at the International Congress of Love and Sex with Robotics last year, Dr Barber predicted that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) devices in the bedroom will be socially normal within 25 years – and that the machines would enable people to appreciate ‘the real thing’.
“I think what will happen is that they will make real-time relationships more valuable and exciting”, she added.
Devices such as Rocky or Roxxxy True Companion can currently be bought for around £7,000, but advances in the field are predicted to make sex robots increasingly lifelike and affordable. Indeed, in April last year, a man figured out a way to make a robot in his own home that resembled a woman they don’t know.
Ricky Ma, 42, a Hong Kong-based man with no formal training in robots, spent £35,000 to create a robotic woman who looks exactly like Scarlett Johannson. And there’s absolutely nothing she can do about it.
Unlike the vivacious and intelligent actress, his robotic counterpart was programmed to respond to questions like ‘you are very beautiful’ and ‘you’re so cute’ with little more than a coquettish smile and a wink.
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