‘Sexbots’ : ‘digisexuals’ inevitable as more people bond with robots : sex robots could thrust human intercourse aside

Academics are arguing that many people will soon be identifying as “digisexuals” and taking their sexual identity from having sex with robots.
While sex robots are currently quite primitive, a new report published in the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy argues that before long they will be able to look, speak and act like real people – and will be specifically designed to fulfill a person’s desires.
The report’s authors, Neil McArthur and Markie L. C. Twist, from the University of Manitoba, Canada, argue that we need to be ready to deal with the phenomenon when it comes to fruition.

“There is no question, then, that sexbots are coming,” McArthur and Twist say. “Our view is that they will represent a different sort of sexual experience from what existing technologies offer. First of all, people will form an intense connection with their robot companions.”
“These robots will be tailor-made to meet people’s desires, and will do things that human partners cannot or will not do. For this reason, significant numbers of people will likely come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience.”
The pair, who also co-authored the book “Robot Sex: A Book for the Enlightened Sapiosexual,” argue that the rise of digisexuality will bring benefits, including potentially saving human relationships.

They also say that digisexuality will have a positive impact, particularly for people who experienced sexual trauma in the past or for those who have difficulty forming human relationships.
However they warn that it will also bring a slew of difficulties and argue that doctors must be prepared to deal with digisexuality and have a framework for how to approach it.
Noel Sharkey of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) recently argued against sex robots being used by the elderly in care homes.
“They are being proposed for the elderly in care homes, which I think is controversial. If you have severe Alzheimer’s you can’t really tell the difference. We need to think about as a society what we want to do about it,” the researcher said.
“It’s very sad because it’s going to be a one-way relationship,” he continued. “If people bond with robots it’s very worrying. You are loving an artifact that can’t love you back, and the best they can do is fake it.”
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Robot sex dolls that let men simulate rape should be outlawed, campaigner says
Published : 21 Sep, 2017
Sex dolls that can be programmed to resist advances and allow men to “rape” them should be illegal in Britain, a campaigner says.
Katie Parker, who founded the School’s Consent Project, a charity that teaches pupils about consent, pointed to the Roxxxy sex doll launched by US-based True Companion, which uses artificial intelligence to create different personalities to cater for user’s fantasies.
One of these models is called ‘Frigid Farrah’ and it sets the robot to resist sexual advances. It has settings to cater for different fantasies such as ‘the dominatrix’ or the ‘barely 18-year-old.’

Parker says while it is not an offence to own one of the dolls in the UK, it normalizes sexual violence.
“Some say these robots reinforce the objectification of women and the commodification of sex; others, that they allow otherwise isolated individuals to experience intimacy. Either way, Roxxxy is a different beast,” she wrote in her blog.
“The fact that she is not a thinking, feeling human does not make her existence unproblematic. The robots normalize sexual violence. They service and provide a distraction for criminal impulses that should probably be subject to psychiatric intervention.”
Parker says customers are promised that if they touch the robot “in a private area, more than likely she will not be too appreciative of your advance.”

“The proven relationship between one’s behavior and the type of content one if exposed to makes a strong case for criminalization,” she added.
For £7,670 ($10,000), True Companion allows customers to choose one of 73 hair colors in 39 styles, eye and eyebrow color, pedicure color, skin tone and the shape and type of pubic hair.
Roxxxy is the company’s flagship product and is a fully-customizable ‘sexbot’ costing £7,700. As well as sex, True Companion says she can provide companionship and social support for lonely men.
The company maintains the doll is not programmed to participate in a rape scenario, and such allegations were “pure conjecture.” It says the doll is designed to “provide her opinion or feedback, just as any person would on a date” and can therefore be a learning tool “to help people understand how they can be intimate with a partner.
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Celebrity sex robots could thrust human intercourse aside, experts predict
According to a new study, intercourse between long term couples is expected to dwindle in the not so distant future, being saved only for special occasions, because robots will be taking care of people’s basic sexual needs.
In as few as 25 years, engaging in bedroom romps with artificial intelligence will be seen as a completely normal, but this may also put you at risk of having your “deepest perversions” revealed to total strangers.

“It could be that we are so busy with our lives, we are so embedded in our technological narrative that the idea of engaging in long-distance sex and robot sex is actually a natural process in our evolutionary cycle,” Dr. Trudy Barber from Portsmouth University said at the International Congress of Love and Sex with Robotics on Monday.
The scientist, who is a leading figure in the study of technology’s impact on our sexuality, believes that machines will help us cherish “the real thing” and make our “real-time relationships more valuable and exciting.”
Robots will become an “extra human race” and help humans explore “our sexual pallet,” she added.

While the sex robots currently on the market will set you back a hefty £7,000 ($8,640), experts think advances in the field will lower the price over the coming years.
However, not all scientists agree that AI taking a more prominent role in the boudoir is a good thing. Some believe the practice, especially when engaged in by teenagers, could lead to unrealistic expectations of sex with other humans. Earlier this year, former United Nations adviser Dr. Noel Sharkey urged governments to stop robotics form being using in the sex industry.
Others worry about the collecting and sharing of personal data that could come with sex machines. Dr. Kate Devlin, a senior lecturer with the Department of Computing at the University of London, Goldsmiths, who also spoke at the event, said that, much like with phones and fitness trackers, “we tick the box of the terms and conditions without checking them.”
While she said giving feedback on the AI’s performance should be fine, Devlin added “but do we want people to know when we have sex and how we have sex?”
In 2007, AI researcher David Levy from Maastricht University argued that people could be marrying and bedding robots in the not so far off year of 2050.

Celebrity cash-in
Celebrity sex robots could also soon become a reality. Author of Love and Sex with Robots David Levy has argued that the likes of Kim Kardashian and Ryan Gosling could one day license their images, allowing manufactures to produce doppleganger robots using their likeness. Companies making the models even hope to one day be able to program the AIs with your celebrity crush’s personality and trademark characteristics.
They wouldn’t be the first. A superfan has spent a whopping £34,000 to create a Scarlett Johansson doll. The robot can even reply in smiles and giggles.