What you’re about to read is excerpt from an article written by my colleague Lee Menarde who regularly contributes to my web site. You can read the full article here:
Sex Tech: The Future of Erotica and Intimacy
By Lee Menarde
The following line is not the plot of a 1970’s cheap Erotic/Sci-Fi movie, it’s a news headline published in the British newspaper Mirror on January 6, 2016:
“Sex robots could be the biggest trend of 2016 as more lonely humans seek mechanical companions.”
Sex robots are becoming more realistic looking, their level of artificial intelligence is constantly increasing, making them more capable of interacting with humans, and their prices are going down, meaning more people can afford to purchase them and even fall in love with them. Dr. Helen Driscoll, a leading authority on the psychology of sex and relationships, commented:
“’Sex tech is advancing at a fast pace.
Robotic, interactive, motion-sensing technology is likely to become more and more central to the sex industry in the next few years.
We tend to think about issues like virtual reality and robotic sex within the context of current norms, but if we think back to the social norms about sex that existed 100 years ago, it is obvious that they have changed rapidly and radically.
As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner, it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being.
People may also begin to fall in love with their virtual reality partners.”
Dr. Driscoll suggests the term “Robophilia” to describe the phenomenon of human/sex robot love relationship, and speculates it could become normal in the future as attitudes evolve with technology.
Artificial intelligence researcher Dr. David Levy is another expert who has done an extensive research on sex tech. According to Dr. Levy:
“People could be marrying robots, and consummating their vows, by 2050.
Although it might not appeal at first, once you have a story like “I had sex with a robot, and it was great” appear some place like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon.”
It’s interesting to observe how Dr. Levy emphasizes on the importance of media propaganda in normalizing robophilia. He stresses that love and sex with robots are inevitable.
Dr. Ian Pearson is another expert who is also convinced that in the future, human/robot sex overtakes human/human sex.
In a report produced for online sex shop Bondara, Dr. Pearson wrote:
“By 2030, most people will have some form of virtual sex as casually as they browse porn today. By 2035, the majority of people will own sex toys that interact with virtual reality sex. We will start to see some forms of robot sex appearing in high-income, very wealthy households as soon as 2025. We will start to see robot sex overtaking human-human in 2050. Leisure spending could grow by a factor of five, and the sex market in 20 years could be three times bigger than today and seven times bigger by 2050.
Dr. Pearson added:
“Brothels and strip clubs will soon include robots and they will be a specific fetish for some people, as well as a potentially cheaper replacement for real-life interaction.”
It seems in the future world, no job and no occupation will be safe from robotics, even prostitution, the oldest profession in history.
Currently human/robot sex is on its way to overtake human/human sex in some countries, perhaps most notably Japan where under 40s population appears to be losing interest in conventional relationships. The Japanese government calls this a “Celibacy Syndrome”, part of a looming national catastrophe. The alarming fact is that Japan already has one of the world’s lowest birth rates and its population of 126 million is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060 and the number of single people in Japan has reached a record high. A survey in 2011 found that 61% of men and 49% of women aged 18-34 were not in any kind of romantic relationship, a rise of almost 10% from five years earlier. A survey in 2016 by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45% of women aged 16-24 were not interested in or even despised sexual contact. Aoyama, a sex and relationship expert in Japan explained:
“Many people are turning to “Pot Noodle Love”, an easy or instant gratification in the form of casual sex, and more are turning towards technological means of instant sexual gratification such as online porn, virtual-reality girlfriends and anime cartoons.”
Aoyama used one of her patients as an example, a 30 year old virgin who cannot get sexually aroused unless she watches female robots on a game similar to “Power Rangers”.
Rapid rise of sex tech has caused a great deal of concern about its negative implications. Senior researcher Dr. Kathleen Richardson is among a growing number of scientists who have called the development of sex robots a disturbing trend that needs to be halted:
“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.
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.”
Let’s hope such dire warnings won’t fall on deaf ears.