Robots could replace humans by 2050!
David Levy explores humankind’s fascination with technology and the often-seen fantasies that revolve around relationships between human and machine. Love & Sex with Robots takes a deep dive into a not-too-distant future where physical intimacy with machines is socially accepted and can eventually develop into full-blown relationships. Levy goes as far as saying that acceptance of virtual pets and robotic pets today show that it can be possible for humans to develop strong emotions for machines.
Con’t: “Robots, Men and Sex Tourism”
Authors: Ian Yeoman & Michelle Mars
“Robots, Men and Sex Tourism”
Authors: Ian Yeoman & Michelle Mars
Scientists in New Zealand say brothels staffed by robot prostitutes could be a reality by 2050. In the paper Robots, Men And Sex Tourism, Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the Victoria Management School in Wellington imagine a world in which sex tourism has become respectable and human trafficking and the spread of STDs stemmed by replacing human prostitutes with lifelike sex robots.
Made with bacteria-resistant materials, these robots will ensure safe sex and may be seen as a more ethical way of hiring a prostitute. Although prostitutes themselves may not be keen on the developing technology, researchers believe robot sex workers can bring a level of respectability to the prostitution game.
The paper describes a fictitious brothel in Amsterdam called Yub-Yum where, for a little more than $8,000 (£6,200), visitors are “guaranteed a wonderful and thrilling experience as all the androids are programmed to perform every service and satisfy every desire.”
► Having sex with a robot is the future of sex tourism in Amsterdam. ► Why? ► Human trafficking, sexual transmitted diseases, beauty and physical perfection, pleasure for sex toys, emotional connection to robots and the importance of sex in Amsterdam are all driving forces. ► Is the scenario feasible? ► Virtual sex, changing behaviours and what is science fiction and reality is a blurred paradigm of liminality.
In 2050, Amsterdam’s red light district will all be about android prostitutes who are clean of sexual transmitted infections (STIs), not smuggled in from Eastern Europe and forced into slavery, the city council will have direct control over android sex workers controlling prices, hours of operations and sexual services. This paper presents a futuristic scenario about sex tourism, discusses the drivers of change and the implications for the future. The paper pushes plausibility to the limit as boundaries of science fiction and fact become blurred in the ever increasing world of technology, consumption and humanity, a paradigm known as liminality. Quote: Ian Yeoman Michelle Mars at Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6035, New Zealand
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