Escalating technology shows that robot sex will become a thing of the future, especially as robots become more like the real thing. Some sexbot manufacturers have even begun to put personalities in place for their machines, and provide the articifical inteligence with the ability to show jealously and neediness (who on earth would want a sexbot that comes with the worst attributes of a girlfriend?).
That aisde, since sexbots will no doubt become another cultural plague worse than porn, polls are now being conducted to see where the public's sensibilities lie regarding their use. Unsurprisingly, far too many people in Britain — roughly 36% — have no trouble with the idea of getting it on with robots. This applies more to men than women, with two-thirds supporting the practice.
Perhaps more shocking though, according to a report in Metro, is that a significantly high number of Brits say that sex with a robot would not be cheating.
"The NOW TV survey reveals that 40% of British people would not consider having sex with a robot cheating," reports Metro, and if that's not bad enough, "39% of British people think that by 2050, we’ll regularly be having relationships with robots instead of each other."
If the fallout of porn provides any indication, then it's hard to imagine that people would not come to eventually see their partner having sex with a life-like entity as the same as cheating.
In the same poll, another 21% of people "don’t think it would be ethically wrong to harm an artificially intelligent robot, and 48% say they’d feel less guilty about acting out their ‘darkest desires’ with a robot instead of with a human." This means that robots would be reserved for people to act out their wilder fantasies — the kind that human sexual partners would feel uncomfortable with.
Does this mean an actual Westworld theme park of nearly human sexbots will be on our hands soon? Professor Noel Sharkey, who recently published a consultation report with Foundation of Responsible Robotics, says hold your horses.
"Robotics and artificial intelligence is a long way off the technical sophistication of the theme park in Westworld, but we’re already seeing dolls being used in the adult entertainment industry and we can expect robots to join them soon," he said.
John Banzhaf of George Washington University Law School also suggests that before things get out of hand, the government should consider regulating the sexbot industry to prevent programs that allow robot users to rape, and to prevent manufacturers from releasing robots that look like children.
The Brave New World is at hand.