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Where Do YOU Stand On Sex With Robots?
As people of the 21st century, we are blessed with many technological advances. Our phones snap photos, span the Internet, and send messages instantly to people hundreds to thousands of miles away. We can receive shots to prevent influenza and drive electric cars. We can also reheat last night's leftovers in 90 seconds. (Thank you, microwaves.)
However, demand often begets innovation. And the latest prototype making its way out of the lab makes one thing shockingly clear about today's society:

We want to tap some ass. Some serious robo-ass.

Meet the Roxxxy doll, an ultra realistic humanoid sex robot designed by TrueCompanion, a New Jersey-based company that previously specialized in 'love dolls'. (Think of something like 'Lars & The Real Girl'.)
Like the dolls who came before her, Roxxxy has customizable hair, eyes, and skin color. Except this time, the company has made their doll much more interactive. Her many censors mimic a lifelike heartbeat and circulatory system. And not only can she can talk, listen, and feel, but the more she interacts with the owner, the more she adapts to their preferences.

Preferences. Yeah, THOSE preferences.

One team of UK-based scientists are as grossed out as we are, founding the Campaign Against Sex Robots. The organization plans to get Roxxxy and similar 'pleasure robots' banned before they officially reach their country's market.
In an official statement, campaign founder and De Montfort University robot ethicist Dr. Kathleen Richardson explains:

"Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on - how they will look, what roles they would play - are very disturbing indeed. We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women."

However, TrueCompanion president Douglas Hines doesn't see Roxxxy as simply a part of some guy's weird fetish, but as an aid for men suffering from conditions ranging from severe social anxiety or coping with the loss of a spouse.

"We are not supplanting the wife or trying to replace a girlfriend. This is a solution for people who are between relationships or someone who has lost a spouse. People can find happiness and fulfillment other than via human interaction."

To which I say:
So now I've got to know, fellow Vinglers who love a good disturbing online debate:

Do you feel like sex robots will change the way we interact as humans? Should sex robots be banned, or should we accept it as just another weird facet of the sex industry?

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@Arellano1052 You see, I've dealt with men who wholeheartedly believe a woman should be in the kitchen or cleaning the house and should offer no help of their own, and they've just brushed it off as joking and winky faced and stuck their tongues out. So forgive me, but it kind of becomes hard to distinguish between the people actually kidding and those who actually believe. I'm going to ignore your brainwashing comment, because it's just simply untrue. I agree that when you are in a relationship, each person should be bringing something into it. This is where the logic of a dowry comes in (the dowry compensates for the extra mouth being taken in). However, I would assume you live in a first-world country such as the United States or the UK, where both men and women work, regardless of their familial status (of course there are stay-at-home moms and dads but I haven't gotten there yet), and there are no dowries. My logic is, if both the woman and the man are working, then both should participate in the cleaning and the household chores. Correct? Now, if one person is staying home, isn't working or bringing in an income somehow, and also isn't taking care of children, then yes, they should be taking care of household duties. Now, if the stay-at-home person IS taking care of children full-time, then wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that a full-time job, and therefore both should again be participating in household duties? Since it is a robot, it would be reasonable to have it cook and clean, but not because it doesn't bring in an income (it doesn't eat, drink, shower, and the like, so the most it would use is and bit of electricity to charge up or maybe the cost of some batteries), but just simply for the fact that it's a robot that is capable of doing those things, regardless of gender. I believe this is where you were getting at with your statement. Now, you seem like a reasonable person, so can you reasonably see when you follow up a statement like calling women temperamental and crazy with a statement saying the robot should cook and clean, where there may be a bit of a misunderstanding? It was a calculated leap due to the structure of your comment. If I missed something, let me know. (:
@kmccord95 I think what you're saying makes a lot of sense. Jokes like that aren't really funny when too many people seriously think that way. I feel like it is interesting to wonder what robots like this would do socially. I mean, they're appliances right? Just like a toaster (or yeah, a vibrator). I can definitely see things feeling a little weird when our tools start to actually look like us. I'm actually already one of those people that names their computer, and sometimes when my oven is acting up I kind of playfully talk to it ("come on buddy, don't be that way"), so it's weird to consider humanizing objects even more than we already do. Especially when you take into account what you've been saying, that we often objectify humans. What happens when we do the reverse? Do we treat people worse, or better? Do we begin to see the intrinsic value in human beings, because we no longer feel the need to subjugate certain groups so that they do our chores for us?
hey i saw the futurama episode where they played the sex ed video for Fry..i think it was called dont have sex witb robots lol