Sexbot’s commercials offer more than just sex toys. It also sells emotional closeness through robots that are touted as being capable of addressing both physical and psychological demands. They’re marketed as an antidote to loneliness. Sexbots, unlike sex toys and dolls, which are normally sold in hidden stores and hidden in closets, could become mainstream. A number of companies are working on robots that will provide companionship and sexual pleasure to humans, with a few already on the market.

Modern Loneliness

Loneliness in the modern world isn’t only about being physically separated from others. After all, you’re only a text or video call away from your loved ones. Instead, it’s an emotional condition in which you feel apart from others — but aren’t necessarily. The deluge of data makes you feel unmoored, pulling you in one direction by tweets and adverts and spinning you in another by breaking news alerts and email notifications. When you’re subjected to exploitation and don’t know who to trust, it’s tough not to feel small, helpless, and alone. While it takes time to maintain a human relationship, sexbots provide the required connection without expecting anything in return.

What Benefits do They Offer

Around 2010, sex robots began to appear on the market. Skin that is said to feel lifelike, heated orifices, and the capacity to sigh when touched are among the features now accessible. Eye color, skin tone, hair styles, orifices, and accessories may all be customizable soon. According to a 2017 poll, nearly half of Americans believe that having sex with robots would become commonplace in the next 50 years. According to the British distributor of one such robot, “Samantha,” if people had a companion and a sex aid robot, aged care institutions would gain from adopting sexbots. He claims that it would take a huge burden off carers and nurses.

Can They be Part of the Family?

Arran Lee Wright, a sexbot distributor based in the United Kingdom, revealed his connection with Samantha. In a television interview, Wright described Samantha as a “supplement to assist people strengthen their relationships” — not just with their partners, but also with their families. In “family-friendly” mode, sexbots are forbidden from making blatantly sexual remarks, and Wright stated that his children (aged three and five) liked Samantha. The public was openly dissatisfied with this relationship.

Human Desires Go Beyond Sex

Engineer Douglas Hines, the owner of the True Companion company in New Jersey, created the sexbot Roxxxy. “Sex only goes so far,” Hines asserts, “and then you want to be able to converse to the person.” Roxxxy is pre-programmed with six personalities, including Frigid Farrah and Wild Wendy, and can be customized further using apps. “Harmony,” a robot created by the American company RealdollX, has advanced artificial intelligence that allows her to have conversations, remember facts, and tell jokes. Her facial appearance and movement have been meticulously detailed by the manufacturers. She is the most advanced facial movement sex robot to date, with the ability to blink and move her lips in response to speech.

Can They Replace Human Companionship?

The robot sexbot Emma is positioned as a way to alleviate loneliness: she is the ideal girlfriend. A picnic companion; someone who can translate emails, remember you to bring an umbrella, wake you up on time, and compliment you. Despite the tone of the advertising, the imagery used in Emma’s marketing is sexualized. She is clearly addressing a heterosexual man in her message. Although she is presented as a companion, she caters to a very specialized audience.

Ethical and Privacy Concerns

Even in a seemingly harmless encounter in which a sex robot and a human hold hands and kiss, danger lurks. What if the sexbots’ lips were made with lead paint or some toxic substance? What if the robot, with five times the strength of a human, crushes the human’s finger in a fit of rage? It’s not only about physical harm; it’s also about security. For example, a sex robot is likely to collect and process huge amounts of intimate information, much as a human partner learns by recalling what words were soothing and what style of touch was reassuring. What laws are in place to ensure that this information is kept private? How vulnerable to hacking will the sex robot be? Could the government deploy sex robots to monitor sexual offenders? These concerns would have to be addressed before these bots go mainstream.

Consequences on the Society

However, such dire predictions are purely speculative. There’s no proof of how the commercialization of sex robots would impress entities or society at this time. Would a man who uses a childlike sex robot, for example, be more or less inclined to hurt a human child? Would robots be a replacement for people in relationships, or would they enrich them in the same way as sex toys do? Would sex robots be able to fill a hole for those who are lonely and have no one to talk to? Could virgins use sex robots to safely practice sex before experiencing the real thing, just as pilots use virtual flight simulators before flying a real plane? In other words, there are significantly more unsolved questions concerning sex robots than there are sex robots themselves.

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