Image Man interacts with sex doll before sensor testing0: Supplied SEX robots are on the rise, whether we agree with the premise or not. The robots can engage in dirty talk, respond to human touch, and simulate sexual acts. But what are the sexual ethics involved? Is having sex with an artificial intelligence doll a form of rape? If not, can living out the fantasy encourage rape in real life? And what about robots made to look like children? But these robots have a dark side — and some experts warn they could change humanity forever.
Sergei Santos, a sex robot designer from Barcelona, is trying to bring affordable AI sex dolls to the mainstream. Together with his wife, Maritza, he creates lifelike sex robots in his home. By putting pressure on one of its erogenous zones — hips, breasts, mouth, crotch or hands — the user can arouse the robot, which will then moan and begin to engage in dirty talk, using software similar to the voice-activated systems in your smartphone, like Siri.
The sex dolls are responsive to human touch, and engage in a dirty talk once they sense the user is aroused. Supplied Samantha also responds positively to human touch, with the ability to reach a simulated orgasm and detect when a male user is about to ejaculate. As sex bots become more accessible and sophisticated, sellers are looking for new ways to make money off them.
If people had a companion and a sex aid in a Samantha, that would take massive pressure off carers and nurses. Noel Sharkey, from the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, said: Sergei himself said he could envision men marrying sex robots over the next few decades. Supplied In recent years, commentators have also campaigned against sex robots by arguing it encourages people to consider women as property, due to the submissive nature of the humanoids.
Creators Sergei and Maritza dismissed these concerns. Last year, a father from Perth was accused of using the internet to import prohibited child sex dolls which authorities claimed resembled girls as young as six. James Young broke down upon seeing a doll that appeared to resemble a child's figure.
Supplied But the creators argue that they are performing a public service by providing customers an outlet for their desires. Speaking in London at the International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots in December, robotics philosopher Marc Behrendt of ULB University in Belgium made the highly controversial claim that child sex dolls could help protect children from sex predators. Are women not as capable as men of crude objectification? Their standards might go up.