A feminist at Bloomberg welcomes the coming sexbot revolution, claiming that men should be the ones worried about becoming obsolete in the bedroom, not women.
"Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have raised a dystopian concern for women: What if female robots become so realistic — and so adept at sex — that they render men incapable of engaging in real human relationship," writes Cathy O'Neil. "Actually, I think it’s the men who should be worried. It’s entirely possible that robots can outperform them."
"There’s room here for everyone’s impure thoughts and desires," she continues. "Robots don’t discriminate, and they can probably give good massages."
O'Neil then lets her readers know that she has a "good husband" before going on to publicly insult that "good husband" by saying "I doubt I would trade in."
Word of advice, ladies and gentlemen: Never say "I doubt I would trade in" when comparing your spouse to a sexbot. Here's a better response: "I have a good (insert spouse), whom I love with all my heart and would never even dream of replacing with a lifeless hunk of attractively assembled metal."
That's more like it.
It's as if O'Neil's "good husband" is just a comfortable piece of furniture she keeps around out of convenience. Her marriage is so wonderful that she can't even encourage her non-existent daughter to follow in her footsteps. "If I had a daughter, I might consider giving her a robot as a college graduation present. Preferably one who can do the dishes and guard the door."
Ultimately, O'Neil sees the coming sexbot wave as a good thing because it will force men to step up their game in the #MeToo age.
"I feel like raising standards is quite reasonable," she says. "It’s called for, in fact. Make the men compete. It’s the dating equivalent of having free state colleges lower tuition rates everywhere."
Except that won't be the reality. Assuming the sexbot wave happens according to O'Neil's liking, the reality will be a world of both men and women segregating themselves into their own separate pods of technology with no relationship to each other whatsoever — a wasteland of extreme individuality with people living out their lives in their own privately-created "Matrix."
O'Neil finishes her piece by pumping the man-hatred up to 11. Of the possibility that hackers could make murderers out of sexbots, she then states, "Would that make them more of a threat than actual men? Given the baseline murder rate for human sexual partners, it’s hard to get too worried."
She adds, "Plus, if they can understand female anatomy — I mean, really understand it — maybe it’s worth the risk."