Last week was all about sex robots. Ok, maybe not all about sex robots, but the concept definitely grabbed the our attention after two Victoria University researchers published a paper detailing a possible future world where prostitution was largely the job of pleasurebots.
They imagined Amsterdam in the year 2050, where the "sex tourism" industry no longer used real humans, but instead lifelike android sexbots. The paper proposed that such an "innovation" would help cut down on the exploitation of the human trafficking that is rampant in many parts of the globe. Not only that, but these sex robots would be manufactured with bacteria-resistant fiber, which would in theory reduce the instances of STDs.
Since sex robots had their moment in the news cycle, it was only a matter of time until our favorite animators tackled the issue. Next Media Animation's take on sex robots somehow involves the Burger King, a future president Malia Obama, and R2D2. Just like most of their videos, this adds a much-needed WTF element to the issue.
Check it out below (maybe NSFW due to animated sex toy chucking):
Of course, this isn't the first time that NMA has put their spin on an emerging technology story. They've animated things like Google's Motorola acquisition, new iPad rumors, and Facebook's f8 conference.
As far as the whole sex robots thing goes, do you think that it's a realistic vision of the future? Could pleasure-seekers ever really be satisfied by a machine, no matter how human it may appear? Let us know what you think in the comments.