Sex robots

Yupe, I kid you not. The mind boggles!!

I was talking to a mate this morning and he mentioned that there are robots being built for sex, so I checked and I was absolutely blown away.

I have always liked robots and have been following the development of robots like Big Dog from Boston Dynamics. OK OK OK, the following Big Dog video is a bit old but you get the idea of the robots I like. BTW, it is a bit noisy, ok?

So to hear that robots are being built and sold for sex is quite something else.

I guess there are always pros and cons for such products.

Personally I prefer the real thing 🙂


Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys

Roxxxy the robot in a publicity shot

A campaign has been launched calling for a ban on the development of robots that can be used for sex.

Such a use of the technology is unnecessary and undesirable, said campaign leader Dr Kathleen Richardson.

Sex dolls already on the market are becoming more sophisticated and some are now hoping to build artificial intelligence into their products.

Those working in the field say that there is a need for such robots.

Dr Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in Leicester, wants to raise awareness of the issue and persuade those developing sex robots to rethink how their technology is used.

“Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on – how they will look, what roles they would play – are very disturbing indeed,” she told the BBC.

She believes that they reinforce traditional stereotypes of women and the view that a relationship need be nothing more than physical.

“We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women,” she said.

Intelligent Machines – a BBC News series looking at AI and robotics

Self-learning engine

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Image caption Will robot/human relationships ever be real?

Abyss Creations, which sells male and female sex toys, is now starting to introduce electronics into its creations.

Meanwhile True Companion boasts that it is developing “the world’s first sex robot” and promises to launch its first doll, Roxxxy, later this year.

Chief executive Douglas Hines believes there is a real need for products such as Roxxxy.

“We are not supplanting the wife or trying to replace a girlfriend. This is a solution for people who are between relationships or someone who has lost a spouse.

“People can find happiness and fulfilment other than via human interaction,” he added.

He told the BBC that he hopes Roxxxy will eventually become a self-learning engine that is able to talk to her owner and learn his likes or dislikes.

“The physical act of sex will only be a small part of the time you spend with a sex robot – the majority of time will be spent socialising and interacting,” he said.

Some experts are sceptical about the claims made for Roxxxy, given the huge complexity of creating intelligent machines but the first version – which will sell for $7,000 (£4,530) – has had thousands of pre-orders, according to Mr Hines.

Dr Kevin Curran, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, believes such products are about to become mass market.

“We would be naive to ignore market forces for ‘intimate robots’. Building human-like robots is quite easy once the mechanics are taken care of,” he told the BBC.

“Turning these robots into attractive companions is simply adding a ‘skin’. Not difficult at all and not done much to date as most robots are built in research-led institutions – not businesses. That time is coming to an end,” he said.

However, he thinks a public backlash is inevitable.

“There have been campaign groups actively voicing opposition to killer robots but I foresee the time soon when humans are lobbying against robot companions or at least shouting ‘not in my backyard’,” he said.

Attractive companions

David Levy, author of the book Love and Sex with Robots, believes that there will be a huge market for dolls such as Roxxy and predicts that by 2050, intimate relationships between robots and humans will be commonplace.

“There is an increasing number of people who find it difficult to form relationships and this will fill a void. It is not demeaning to women any more than vibrators are demeaning,” he told the BBC.

As such robots become more sophisticated and are able to simulate human behaviour, so the relationship with humans will become more complex, he thinks.

Dr Curran worries that society as a whole is ill-prepared for an age where sophisticated robotic companions are the norm.

“Have we sufficient legalisation in place for the issues that can arise in a future where robots are sufficiently advanced as to be indistinguishable from humans at first glance? Can a robot marry? Can a robot couple adopt a child?” he said.

8 comments for “Sex robots

  1. Mercy Hu
    September 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    God created first man, Adam from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh iand made a woman, and brought her unto the man.And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. This is the story of first creation of family.
    Marriage is blessed by God. Sex should happen in couples. Man usually wants a helper who is obedient and support him. However, not every woman can afford to let the husband leading the family. Brokenness and barrier happens in every family. Man and woman demands each other, finally get hurt and the family link broken.Sex robot can only fulfill part of satisfaction.Man should respect the creation of God. Come back to God and make the family link reunited in God’s power. Praise God not creating us as robot, and robot never replace real thing.

    • moses
      September 16, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      OK.. fair enough … so that’s the religious view.

      I am sure different religions will probably say something similar.

      I am more interested in the sociological aspects of such robots – if any 🙂

      • Mercy Hu
        September 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        I watched a video about blue Ocean people about the robot from the planet Blue Ocean.She was the odd one, clone from hundreds of failures. Loving a clone is a tragedy.In sociology aspect, everything is computerized,Man will be bored one day. she is forever young, man will become older and older in appearance. She can not bear children. One day, man will die. Then, the earth will be conquer by Robot, which replace the status of woman:(

        • moses
          September 16, 2015 at 7:15 pm

          I don’t watch very many movies because they are … well … movies.

          That Blue Ocean movie is nothing more than postulation of a possible scenario if some farout conditions apply. In other words, it is a story.

          The issue of robots built for sexual purposes is something happening today, has happened and will continue to happen.

          The assumption is usually made that such sex robots are just female. Well, there is nothing which prevents sex robots from being made male 🙂

          Will robots conquer the world one day? Well, I seriously doubt if robots will conquer the world any time in the next 100 years. 🙂

          The best we have done so far is Watson and it plays Jeopardy!!

          Maybe somebody may like to write an article on Artificial Intelligence 🙂

          • Mercy Hu
            September 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

            Poor guys use robot to fulfill natural needs. If they have healthy life style and busy for catching dreams, they have no time to think of it. The natural needs just minimal part of life. Artificial intelligence is only computerized games. However, I believe many people still go for it, because robot can listen attentively, supporting fully, the helper in any occasion, this is the actual needs of man.

          • moses
            September 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

            So, people with handicaps or certain mental conditions can use sex robots?

  2. Mercy
    September 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Nope. Man should aim for marriage life for the natural needs. Fior example, man without limbs, Nick Vujicic had a happy marriage life and a cute healthy baby. If somebody aims for a life partner, somebody will appear in his life. If somebody can not wait and aim for robot ….. life is messy and self guilty will come. Man should come back to the original souce of life and ask : what can I do e closer to you?
    Thanks Moses for sharing the info. Life is not easy but we need to think what’s the best for us:)

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