Will sex with robots really be a normal phenomenon in a few years? according to artificial intelligence expert David Levy He believes that in about 30 years, sex technologies will have evolved to the point where humans will be able to have an intimate relationship with robots, and it is believed that even marriage between a human and a robot will be legalized. There are other experts who agree with him, which is not surprising given the rapid technological innovations in the field of sexuality.
The first advanced sex robot equipped with artificial intelligence was developed several years ago. Purchasing such a robot now requires a fairly thick wallet, but it is expected to change in the future. If demand increases, the price will fall. That there is a demand is proved by brothels where you can have fun with sex dolls and sex robots.
VIOLATION OF ETHICAL NORMS
Critics point to many ethical and philosophical dilemmas associated with the use of these robots. For example, there are robots specifically designed to resist making sexual contact feel like rape. Robots that look like children are also on sale. Opponents, such as Kathleen Richardson, a professor of robotics ethics, believe that the image of women as objects of lust is normalized precisely because sex robots are used. To prevent this and raise awareness of the risks of sex robots, Richardson founded the Campaign Against Sex Robots (CASR). This was discussed in the online event “Sex, Robots and Artificial Intimacy: Threats or the Next Best Thing?” during the Dutch Technology Week on 31 May. The recording of the lecture can be watched on Youtube –here.
ADVANTAGES OF SEX TECHNOLOGIES
The potential benefits of new sex technologies are said to be that they can serve as sex therapy for people who are seriously ill or disabled and therefore cannot meet a real partner. In addition, sex robots or other sex technologies can be useful for people who have sexual trauma or other sexual problems. Some authors have even suggested that child sex robots may be a way to change the desires and behavior of pedophile sex offenders. This is, of course, very controversial. Another potential benefit is that people who want to have sex with each other can do so remotely. This makes possible all kinds of relationships that are separated by a greater distance.
But one question remains unclear: will there be any human interaction in the future? Or will we gradually prefer sex robots? There are already people who prefer virtual sex, sex dolls, or robots over sex with people. It’s not hard to imagine that more and more people will choose sex robots as technology becomes available to a wider audience.
It should also be understood that robots undeniably provide easy access and convenience. A person no longer has to worry about the other’s consent or refusal to have sex. It comes with “unconditional love” that someone may not find in a relationship with another person. In addition, robots can be customized for their goals and programmed to meet each one’s unique desires. People can explore their sexual desires in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. In doing so, you do not have to worry about the consequences in the real world.
However, there are still a number of human traits that are likely to never be repeated in a robot. Can robots evaluate us in the sense that we can evaluate each other? If not, then human sex with a robot does not have the same value as sex with another human being. And can robots really choose us as partners? If they can’t, the question is how robots can be partners at all. Partnership often involves negotiation, sacrifice, and common goals. It is not clear how a robot can be a real partner in negotiations, actually sacrificing something for us or sharing goals with us.