“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4
The development of life-like robots that could talk and have sex with humans have been branded ‘unnecessary and undesirable’.
But sex with robots could become a reality in just 10 years, and even be more popular than love-making between humans in 2050.
This is the bleak prediction of futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, who also believes that by 2030, most people will have some form of virtual sex using virtual reality headsets.
A report, authored by Dr Pearson, looks at how sex will evolve and predicts love and sex will become increasingly separate in the future, as robots take on human roles such as in sci-fi scenarios seen in Channel 4’s Humans and Spike Jonze’s film, Her.
The report also says future sex toys will use augmented and virtual technology.
It predicts that the majority of couples will use virtual reality in the bedroom by 2035 to experience different sexual scenarios and temporarily even change the appearance of their partner.
It suggests people will have ‘real sex’ wearing VR contact lenses and could be seeing a totally different person such as a celebrity, or alter their partner’s face or ‘costume’ to make them more attractive.
The report says: ‘For humans, VR can enhance appearance and the appearance of ability. Your partner could have the perfect physique and entertain you with the sexiest moves, or they could just be their regular selves.’
Many people may find such as scenario uncomfortable or tasteless, but the report claims VR could give people the best of both worlds in the form of ‘the security, affection and hopefully love of being with a real partner, along with the option to indulge your wildest human fantasy.’
Author of the report, Dr Ian Pearson, said: ‘Sex and the pleasure it provides has been fundamental to the human race for three billion years, and it isn’t going away any time soon.