Over the past few years, humanoid robot technology has gotten better and better at, well, making robots seem more human. We're talking the look, the feel, the movements, and the AI. And this technology is only going to get better in the coming decades.
Of course, if there's anything we can count on humanity to do, it's sexualize things. And naturally (unnaturally?), the evolution of androids means that eventually, people are going to start having sex with robots. Duh.
It's not like this isn't already happening, but the future could open up so many more opportunities for robot sexy times. The Huffington Post and YouGov recently conducted a poll about Americans' attitudes toward the future of robots, and our interactions with them.
And the results concerning sex robots tip my bullshit meter all the way to maximum bullshittery.
When asked if they would use a sex robot for its (his/her's?) designed purpose, only 9% said yes. Nine. As in less than one in ten. Ok, sure.
18% said that they think sex robots will be available by 2030.
Last year, a New Zealand study published in Futures magazine painted an interesting picture of the pay-for-sex world in the next few decades. Researchers envision a version of Amsterdam's red light district that's completely run by android prostitutes by the year 2050.
“[They] 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,” they said.
These sex robots could be fully customizable and offer a wider variant of body type, ethnicity, age, language, and various sexual features. In their future, it's goodbye sex trade and hello clean, safe, sex robots.
And there's obviously no emotional toll to be taken on sex robots, that is of course until they become sentient. But we don't have to worry about that for at least a few hundred years. Probably.
HuffPost's poll also asked about whether or not sex with a sexbot is considered cheating. 42% said that it would be. And the younger the respondent, the more likely they were to say it's not cheating.