(MSNBC) Robotic sex won’t just blow your mind, it may curb many of society’s ills, says a new paper that envisions Amsterdam’s red light district staffed by androids that perform a full menu of sexual services.
Lap dances and intercourse with robot prostitutes could help combat human trafficking and thespread of sexually transmitted diseases while teaching us to be better lovers, according to the arguments laid out in the May issue of the journal Futures.
“Sex robots are absolutely inevitable,” Michelle Mars of the Victoria University of Wellington’s Victoria School of Management in New Zealand and a paper co-author told me in an email. “In fact, they already exist.”
One such robot, US Roxxxy, a $7,000 to $9,000 interactive doll that was unveiled at an adult entertainment expo in 2010, can be programmed with different personalities such as frigid Farrah and wild Wendy, Mars noted.
These robot-sex workers of the future will be made with bacteria resistant fiber and could be flushed for human fluids between uses, providing a guarantee that no diseases would be transmitted between customers, the paper notes.
“Human prostitution will still be around. It’s the oldest profession and won’t be thwarted by robot alternatives,” Mars said. “It’s just that high-quality alternatives where the robots are indistinguishable from humans will cut down the profitability of human exploitation.”
In other words, the option of safe, high-quality sex with a human-like robot will put a dent in the demand for the real thing, which in turn will curb human exploitation and trafficking.
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