"[CASR] claims that men using sex robots is similar to men buying sex: the reduction of women to a ‘thing’.That’s a much wider and very contentious debate.” Dr Devlin saw sex robots “initially as an extension of sex toys-smarter sex toys that could use machine learning and biofeedback to provide an adaptive, personal fulfilling sexual experience.
I in its own right is really cool."But to throw in the possibility you can seduce the A.
I and have sex with a robot – I think it's an intriguing idea to most people."It comes after a sex robot conference at a highly-respected British university will probe the future of relationships between advanced and human-looking android sex toys.
Dr Devlin said she believed it was “possible” to create a reproduction of human motivations without sexual desire, “but I’m not sure it is (pardon the pun) desirable.
I think this is particularly interesting in terms of embodiment - the interaction of the body with its environment and how that influences the way we think and behave.
Humankind is still considering whether we could create sex robots – but should we, considering the ethical and legal questions arising from the creation of sex data and non-adult sex robots?
During August's extraordinarily warm and enjoyable Electromagnetic Field festival, Dr Kate Devlin, a researcher at Goldsmith's department of computing, took to a packed stage to ask whether it was time for humanity to — literally and figuratively — embrace love and sex with robots.
In fact, when we’ve asked people what a sex robot might look like, we’ve had responses ranging from ‘they’d need to look like a human’ to ‘it shouldn’t have a face’.” Sexbots could also provide valuable solutions to difficult therapeutic problems, and also offer exciting possibilities to all of us in an age when we are exploring sexuality and gender identity — as well as providing a fascinating area for robotics and AI research.
“There has already been work on using VR for therapy for sex - on the one hand, in helping people regain sexual confidence, and on the other, as part of treatment for sex offenders,” Dr Devlin told us.
Last year The Register spoke to Dr Kathleen Richardson, who heads the Campaign Against Sex Robots (CASR), about her opposition to love machines and My Little Pony dolls.
Dr Richardson told us that she believed the introduction of sex robots would increase what she described to us as the damage to society caused by prostitution .
The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots will investigate the growing trend of sex with robots, and is set to be held at London's Goldsmith University.