Report Suggests Sex With Robots Will Be Commonplace By 2025

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While I don’t put a ton of stock into political polls, I do pay attention to research polls, especially those conducted by PEW. While science fiction is a good indicator of what might come down the pike with regards to science and technology, asking current scientists and researchers what they think will happen and why is a pretty good strategy too, which is what PEW did for their extensive report on “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs.” There are many opinions suggested in the report with regards to robotic workers and other ways robots will likely infiltrate our world in the next decade. But one of the most interesting findings in the report is that robots will be integrated into “nearly every aspect of life,” including sex.

Lead researcher for GigaOM Research, Stowe Boyd, predicts that “Robotic sex partners will become commonplace, although the source of scorn and division, the way that critics today bemoan selfies as an indicator of all that’s wrong with the world.” First of all, kudos to Boyd for calling out the selfie — I think we can all agree that’s been overplayed. But his statement is interesting because of its two assertions: that sex with robots will be common, and that it will be looked down upon. I think I agree with the first prediction but not so much with the second one.

Depending on one’s definition of a robot, we might have been having sex with them for a long time already. But I don’t think most people think of vibrators or other machinery as robotic, especially when they’re not in humanoid form. Plenty of those exist too, though, including Roxxxy, the first talking, reactive robotic sexbot (there’s also a male version). And then there’s Tenga, a Japanese company that has made it possible to have virtual sex with a robot. The trend is noteworthy enough that it’s already inspired an entire play festival about robotic sex.

And other polls (your mileage may vary in terms of how much you trust them) have indicated an upswing when it comes to people’s opinions on robot sex. A pollconducted 18 months ago by YouGov and the Huffington Post revealed that 9% of respondents would have sex with a robot and 11% weren’t sure. But three months ago, a UK poll indicated that 20% of residents would have sex with a robot. Another 26% percent said they wouldn’t negatively judge others who did.

Some people believe that the sex trade could become a growing human market, particularly for people put out of work by robots. Others think robots will replace human sex workers. That split is reflected in the recent PEW poll as well — 48% of 1,896 experts surveyed think robots will take a significant number of jobs from both blue- and white-collar employees, while 52% don’t think robotics, or technology in general, will result in taking more jobs than it opens up, mostly because they think people will have the resourcefulness to create new positions for themselves. Still, the report suggests that “As more daily activities are automated, human interaction may become a luxury,” which raises the specter of a future we’ve seen in so much science fiction, for better and for worse.

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