Sex toys and masturbation aids have been used for centuries. Now, the development and sale of robots designed to look like humans and used for sexual purposes is fast-approaching with a number of companies already taking orders.
There has been little preparation for the impact this technology may have on society compared with other sex aids. The Foundation for Responsible Robotics has issued the first major consultation report on people’s sexual future with robots, which aims to provide both the public and policy makers with an objective summary of the issues that may arise with this new technology.
Prof. Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, University of Sheffield
Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology at the Technical University of Delft and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics