danidee
2 years ago5,000+ Views
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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@danidee @InPlainSight the thing is, women have already been objectified in our culture (I'm in the U.S., my understanding is that this varies depending on where you are, I've been told Italy is worse, I'm not as well-versed in Aussie culture), so this seems like a really natural continuation of that. I'm not saying that's a good thing- but if we're worried about objectification I hate to say it but we're already there. I definitely see the parallels between vibrators and these. These are just far more advanced sex toys. I don't think a healthy person would confuse one of these with a real person. I'm sure there are some people out there who aren't going to have a healthy "relationship" with one, but I don't imagine there would be more than what we already have. There are people who have an unhealthy relationship with porn for example. I'm not saying we shouldn't help those folks, but I don't think the porn is really causing that problem. It's a combination of brain chemistry and socialized behaviors.
2 years agoReply
Data said he was fully functional in every way.
2 years agoReply
@danidee replace prostitutes with robots....that's automation in action
2 years agoReply
Seeking satisfaction for our desires for acceptance, love, and for the need to procreate have been debated since the dawn of time. What are the differences between love, lust, and infatuation? The subject of course has been breeched with movies like the article mentions Lars and the Real Girl about working through issues and one from my generation Cherry 2000 about finding unexpected love while striving to revive the convenience of immediate satisfaction. We now have interactive porn with live women, latex pieces, vibrators, chat rooms and artificial insemination. It begs the question of despite incredible advancement in the industry does knowing deep down that the connection and satisfaction is fake ever allow us to feel actually fulfilled? Even in Her, there was a feeling of loss, but these types of things offer an outlet if the power is wielded correctly for someone to get out of there own way to find love. I guess for the evil and taboo issues that may surface there is always the chicken and the egg argument, and if we are loving electronics will the government collect data on a person's preferences or propensities for violence? How would you like to donate sperm or take tests by getting pleased by a robot in that cold little doctor's room? Will we still have strippers, prostitutes, phone sex operators, swingers clubs, nudist colonies, and STDs running rampant? All are supposed perversions of the most intense parts of actual love. Or in the end will it just be a sophisticated blowup sex doll? Hate to say it, but there is some curiosity there.馃槼
2 years agoReply
I'm not sure if there is a pun in your title
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