A new report suggests that human-on-robot sex could be more common than human-on-human sex by 2050.
Futurologist Doctor Ian Pearson argues that robotic sex toys, like vibrators, have been used for a century, so sex robots aren’t a giant leap.
“By 2030, most people will have some form of virtual sex as casually as they browse porn today,” predicts Pearson.
“By 2035, the majority of people will own sex toys that interact with virtual reality sex. We will start to see robot sex overtaking human-human in 2050”.
Wealth will play a part in when people get their hands on a fully-fledged sex robot, with the super-wealthy likely to have them by 2025.
David Levy, the author of Love and Sex and Robots, agrees, telling news.com.au he’s “absolutely convinced” that the rise of robot sex is a good thing.
“For whatever reason there are huge numbers of people who just don’t have a relationship with someone they can love and someone who can love them,” he said.
“For people like that, I think that sex robots will be a real boon. It will get rid of a problem they’ve got, fill a big void in their lives and make them much happier.”
Not everyone is excited by the prospect of a sex robot. Robot ethicist Kathleen Richardson recently launched a campaign against sex robots.
“Everyone thinks because it’s a robot prostitute then real women and children in the industry won’t be harmed,” says Richardson.
“But that’s not happened because if you don’t address the core idea that it’s not OK to reduce some human beings to things then all you do is add a new layer of complexity and complication and distortion to an already distorted relationship”.