The Fight Against Robot Sex.
Although they haven't even been invented yet, there is movement to prevent the future creation of robots for sexual purposes You didn't realise it was a problem but nevertheless the powers that be have rallied in order to make sure that such heinous abominations as sex robots never become a reality. The Campaign Against Sex Robots (CASR) - yes, this exists - is a group whose mission is to stop people having sex with robots in the future and lobby to make laws against it right now. Presumably, these people are of a similar mind set to those who saw a moral wrong in the owning sex toys in the '80s and for whom the tampon tax made sense.
In response to one of their online campaigns, 'A Call to Ban Sex Robots', one commenter, Chrysla Harper said: "If I want to have sex with my robot then I will! I already use a vibrator, what's the difference? My husband is always willing but he isn't always there." The growing popularity of realistic sex dolls has inspired this debate, but are machines that can imitate affection a possibility? In his 2009 book, Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-robot Relationships, David Levy predicts that functioning relationships with robots will be a reality in 2050 and by 2070 physical relationships will seem primitive. CASR argues that this would cause a decrease in the number of people having intercourse with other people. Dr Helen Driscoll, a leading authority on the psychology of sex and relationships, seems to think there is some truth in this opinion. "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." She says.
However, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) flagged global overpopulation as an issue several years ago it is doubtful that robots will present a hazard to humanity's existence by way of under-breeding. They have also asserted that it will not be healthy to rely on inanimate objects for emotional support but this is already happening. Pepper went on sale in June 2015. She is a Japanese robot programmed to read and respond to vocal and facial emotions. For the lonely and the elderly, Pepper provides companionship. Their last ditch attempt to demonise the creation of these machines has been to say that it adds to the objectification of women and is little more than mechanical prostitution and mirrors sex slavery.
On top of this, the group reminds us the word robot comes from the Czech word "robota" meaning "slave" and that's an argument against sex robots because of reasons. But idiotic use of etymology aside, if prostitution is a problem and an inanimate alternative is being suggested then this should only be welcomed. As for female objectification, there are plans for robots that mimic the male form too. Though their sales forecast isn't quite so optimistic.
Most people would agree that the biological thing will always be superior but surely the choice is worth having. There have always been social restrictions on what we can and can't do behind closed doors. Premarital and gay sex were both illegal once but public opinion evolved. This may just be the next step.
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