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Sex robots have come to stay, limits are recommended by the experts

Sex robots have come to stay, limits are recommended by the experts

But politicians and the public need to understand and deal with the ethical issues that sex robots will pose to society and relationships.

"If it's important to society that we teach people that sex requires consent, then it's not absurd to build in those norms in human-robot interaction", Lin wrote in an email to researchers. The company founder, Shin Takagi, told The Atlantic in 2016 that his company allows people to "express their desires, legally and ethically".

Supporters of the use of sex robots say they could be useful for lonely people or those unable to form relationships.

The Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) said although there are downsides to their use, the arrival of the sex machine is unstoppable.

One sex robot, Roxxxy Gold, made by the USA company TrueCompanion, came with a choice of personalities including shy and reserved "Frigid Farrah" and adventurous "Wild Wendy". "On the other side, many others believe that this would be an indulgence that could encourage and reinforce illicit sexual practices".

Plus, the UK Human Rights Act 1998 leaves room for interpretation about the robots' potential to be a treatment, stating "it is illegal not to support disabled people to enjoy the same pleasures as others enjoy in the privacy of their own homes".

The title of the report describe sex robots as inevitable, but the text within has more questions than answers.

"Robots don't have any kind of emotion themselves", Sharkey said. This may work for a few but it is a very unsafe path to tread. Earlier this year, a Newfoundland resident ordered a sex doll from a Japanese company called Harumi Designs. The opening of a robot sex cafe in west London has always been rumored, but to skeptics is beginning to look like a publicity stunt or an urban legend.




The paper also analyzed several parallel SexTech trends, including the emergence of AI in dildos and the "Hum vibrator" that actively analyzes one's body reactions and orgasm intensity.

But Dr. Kathleen Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, tells the BBC that the larger issues are robot use in the commercial sex trade as well as a dramatic "increase in social isolation".

Brothels of sex dolls already exist in Japan, Spain, and South Korea.

At the other end of the scale from highly life-like robots were artificially intelligent sex toys, some of which were already available.

The authors also note that some have suggested sex robots could be helpful in the future for those who are dealing with social anxiety about having sex or have been through some sort of trauma. It seems unlikely given what sex workers say about the needs of their clients for human character and intimacy.

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While some of the sex robots, such as top-of-the-range Harmony, were extremely lifelike, this in itself presented a problem which could reduce their acceptance in society, said Prof Sharkey. "You are loving an artifact that can't love you back, and the best they can do is fake it".

Santos also says "it is impossible to prove that a robot can not love".


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