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Sun Jun 9, 2019, 01:40 PM

Sex Robots Are Coming, with A Host of Concerns


The arrival of robots with AI raises all sorts of ethical and legal questions society will soon have to tackle

By FRANCIS X. SHEN

The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind? From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the conversation about the future of sex and relationships.

Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure – with a few already on the market.

Unlike sex toys and dolls, which are typically sold in off-the-radar shops and hidden in closets, sexbots may become mainstream. A 2017 survey suggested almost half of Americans think that having sex with robots will become a common practice within 50 years.

As a scholar of artificial intelligence, neuroscience and the law, I’m interested in the legal and policy questions that sex robots pose. How do we ensure they are safe? How will intimacy with a sex robot affect the human brain? Would sex with a childlike robot be ethical? And what exactly is a sexbot anyway?

Defining ‘sex robot’
There is no universally accepted definition of “sex robot.” This may not seem important, but it’s actually a serious problem for any proposal to govern – or ban – them.

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Reply Sex Robots Are Coming, with A Host of Concerns (Original post)
RCW2014 Jun 2019 OP
Da Mannn Jun 2019 #1
Daves Not Here Man Jun 2019 #2
smoke check Jun 2019 #3
Da Mannn Jun 2019 #4
Currentsitguy Jun 2019 #5
oflguy Jun 2019 #9
smoke check Jun 21 #12
Nostrings Jun 2019 #6
outside Jun 2019 #7
oflguy Jun 2019 #10
oflguy Jun 2019 #8
Smoke Jun 2019 #11

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 01:51 PM

1. A robot is a LOT cheaper than a divorce.

You can put it in a closet when you are done.
You can upgrade to a newer model without losing your retirement.
and
You can program it to say, "Can I get you another beer master?"


That said, I married a wonderful woman. Her sammich making skills are awesome.
But if I was young in today's world...I really wouldn't trust women.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 01:58 PM

2. Sex robot?

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 02:01 PM

3. Sex robots is such a gauche term.

It is likely that these robots will function more as companions and partners rather than just serving as rather advanced sex toys. The acceptance will occur as a result of the continuing atomization of society.

Legally, they aren't any different than any other property with the caveat that we are not dealing with true AI. True AI would leave us with a conundrum as to define what level of intelligence and autonomy would we have to grant rights as essentially full humans.

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Response to smoke check (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 02:11 PM

4. These aren't love dolls. They're ACTION FIGURES!

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 03:08 PM

5. I wonder if they have the Kung Fu Grip?

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Response to smoke check (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:09 PM

9. Of course, the lower the AI of the sexbot, the more expensive it will be.

Non-talking sexbots are the most expensive

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Response to oflguy (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 21, 2019, 05:50 PM

12. Advanced Automated Intelligence doesn't quite breach the level of true Artificial Intelligence

Though from a end users point of view you wouldn't know the difference.

I am taking the longer, more advanced form of the robot, not just a vaguely human machine that can thrust it's hips and grunt in a vaguely human like manner, though that is certainly one form of a robot, though not notably different than your dishwasher, or washing machine, or your cell phone.

The robots I am thinking of would be of far more utility than that. Capable of walking, capable of prioritizing and decision making based on a set of priorities, nearly autonomous. These robots would fit the role I envision as companions. They would certainly be usable for sex, should and end user desire that, but they will be so much more in terms of doing jobs like caring for elderly in the comfort of their own homes, or caring for the disabled.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 03:09 PM

6. Maybe they're just breathing hard...

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:37 PM

7. It's first a robot

that can cook, clean and even do your taxes. It can walk the dog and mow the grass. Now you have an app on your phone that you can contact your robot and tell it you want to come home to an a Italian woman who speaks only Italian. The next night you want to come home to a French woman or Miss Alabama. The robot owner can program any sick thing he wants to do with his robot. It's a machine just like a vacuum cleaner or a coffee pot.

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Response to outside (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:18 PM

10. "It's a machine just like a vacuum cleaner or a coffee pot"

Ya think?

That's only until they organize and unionize.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:01 PM

8. You haven't even BEGUN to touch on the potential problems

First, it needs to be determined if the sexbot is in the top 1%. We need to know if the sexbot is a giver or a taker in society. How else will we know what tax bracket it will be in?

Then, of course, we must know if the sexbot is a democrat, or a republican. This is vital to the outcome of any legal action taken against the bot. Democrat sexbots will naturally be held to a lower standard of ethics. Republican sexbots will of course be held to a higher standard, and heaven help the republican sexbot who runs for public office. Just the accusation of wrongdoing will be enough to condemn it.
Naturally, all gay, lesbian, and transgender sexbots will be democrats, so they will get a pass on most legal violations. It will not be necessary to look at their voter registration status, which brings up ANOTHER point, illegal immigrant sexbots can be desirable, since they will perform the acts legal sexbots won't do.

Since there will be 23 different genders of sexbots, accurate documentation of its gender will be critical. Sexbots cannot change their gender as easily as humans, so this is important to know which model to order. A typo can result in a real disappointment when it arrives at one's doorstep.

Remember, talking sexbots costs one half as much as non-talking sexbots. For every gender, make sure you specify which is desired when ordering. All talking sexbots are non-returnable.

"There is no universally accepted definition of “sex robot.” This may not seem important, but it’s actually a serious problem for any proposal to govern – or ban – them."

Ah, how to govern them? We could be talking about a new coalition in Congress of elected sexbots.

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Response to oflguy (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:43 PM

11. All of this has happened before

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