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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