Academics are arguing that many people will soon be identifying as “digisexuals” and taking their sexual identity from having sex with robots.
While sex robots are currently quite primitive, a new report published in the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapyargues that before long they will be able to look, speak and act like real people – and will be specifically designed to fulfill a person’s desires.
The report’s authors, Neil McArthur and Markie L. C. Twist, from the University of Manitoba, Canada, argue that we need to be ready to deal with the phenomenon when it comes to fruition.
“There is no question, then, that sexbots are coming,” McArthur and Twist say. “Our view is that they will represent a different sort of sexual experience from what existing technologies offer. First of all, people will form an intense connection with their robot companions.”
“These robots will be tailor-made to meet people’s desires, and will do things that human partners cannot or will not do. Full report