Sex chat robots

29-Jan-2017 21:48

Abyss Creations, the maker of life-size sex dolls Real Doll, has told The New York Times they are bringing the future of sex dolls closer by building animatronics into its creations.Kathleen Richardson, a senior research fellow in the ethics of robotics at De Montfort University, started the Campaign Against Sex Robots."I want people to stop thinking about the word 'robot' and think about the word 'property', and what we're being encouraged to do is have relationships with property," she told the ABC's Lateline program.Dr Kate Devlin, who will chair the congress, believes the arguments put forward by the Campaign Against Sex Robots group are narrow-minded."This sex work view is actually a very narrow perspective on the whole field, and also this emphasis that it's objectifying women." She said robots can have a use far beyond just offering physical pleasure."This could have amazingly good therapeutic benefits."We've seen things like virtual reality being used to treat issues such as social anxiety."Taking that a step further into a physical realm, sex robots could be a really useful thing."But Dr Richardson is concerned that sex robots will allow people to play out dark and disturbing fantasies that are immoral and illegal."You got to ask the question, why are they shaped like fully formed human females or children? Because in the mind of the user they're giving them the experience that they actually raping a child, that they're actually having sex with a woman."Dr Devlin is quick to point out that legislation has already been put in place to prevent people from owning child sex dolls.Earlier this year, the Australian Federal Police told the ABC that anatomically correct dolls that represent underage people are considered child exploitation material, and are therefore illegal.Research commissioned by NOW TV (they’re promoting Westworld, so there is a tenuous link) has found that more than a third of British people (36%, to be exact) would be up for having sex with a robot. Previous research by Sheutz and Arnold found that two thirds of men were interested in having sex with a robot, while two thirds of women were strongly against it. But having sex with a robot leads to its own set of questions.Is having sex with a robot while you’re in a relationship with a human cheating? What if you talk about feelings with the robot, or snuggle?

Cybersecurity experts will debate the ethics of a future in which fully fledged walking and talking androids will take over menial tasks in the home, act as companions, and yield to our sexual fantasies.

"Imagine if you were completely lonely and you just wanted someone to talk to, and yes, someone to be intimate with," he said in a video depicting the sculpting process of the dolls. It doesn't hurt anybody." During a visit to the Realbotix lab, CNET editor Ry Crist was lucky enough to speak with the company's first prototype, Harmony.

While using an app to decide what personality traits to highlight — ranging from "affectionate," "talkative" and "funny" — Ry engages with Harmony, who has a proclivity for steering the direction of the conversation into NSFW territory.

That’s something you want to be on the same page about.

But on the other hand, maybe in the future we won’t be bothered about concepts like human intimacy and what defines cheating.

Cybersecurity experts will debate the ethics of a future in which fully fledged walking and talking androids will take over menial tasks in the home, act as companions, and yield to our sexual fantasies.

"Imagine if you were completely lonely and you just wanted someone to talk to, and yes, someone to be intimate with," he said in a video depicting the sculpting process of the dolls. It doesn't hurt anybody." During a visit to the Realbotix lab, CNET editor Ry Crist was lucky enough to speak with the company's first prototype, Harmony.

While using an app to decide what personality traits to highlight — ranging from "affectionate," "talkative" and "funny" — Ry engages with Harmony, who has a proclivity for steering the direction of the conversation into NSFW territory.

That’s something you want to be on the same page about.

But on the other hand, maybe in the future we won’t be bothered about concepts like human intimacy and what defines cheating.

‘As a society we need to start agreeing where the ethical boundaries are with the use of robots, so that as they are integrated into our daily lives in the coming decades we are ready.’ True that. Sit down your loved ones and have a chat about what you think is acceptable.