Would people have sex with a robot? What kind of relationship can we have with a robot? Will robot sex workers and bordellos be acceptable? Could robots help with sexual healing and therapy? Would sex robots help to reduce sex crimes?
These are just some of the questions pondered in a 40-page report prepared by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics that suggests adults are ready for the most intimate and lifelike encounter with artificial intelligence.
“The success of dolls for sexual gratification has set a clear path for the role of robotics in the future of sex,” write the authors of the report. “The company that can create the most realistic intimate sex companion at the right price is most likely to capture the largest market share.”