Robot sex and our slouch toward a dystopian future in which love, copulation and procreation drift increasingly apart

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Sex robots appear to be here to stay. This Monday and Tuesday, the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots is drawing some of the best minds in artificial intelligence, robotics AND computer-human interaction to London, in the latest evidence that the industry is no longer in its infancy.You can already buy high-end robotic love for about seven grand — and they come ready-made with a beating heart, the capacity to orgasm and even multiple, programmable personalities.“Does love have to be reciprocated in order to be valid?” asks Dr. Kate Devlin, event host for the London conference. Much to her delight, she knows that our culture has already answered her question.The vision of sex celebrated by our movies and music — and facilitated by hook-up applications like Tinder — is premised on lack of feelings and commitment. The whole point is to use each other as mere objects. The rise of digital pornography (and, soon, mainstream virtual reality porn) is also premised on sexual gratification apart from there being any reciprocation.Sex with computers is just the latest example of this trajectory.

But barring any changes in our sexual culture, the game-changing nature of robotics and artificial intelligence gives many people good reason to believe that it will eventually replace having sex with humans.

Don’t believe me? Think we’ll at least need sex between humans to propagate the species?

The answer to this challenge was offered two decades ago by the movie “GATTACA.” It warned of us of a culture in reproduction is consciously separated from sex.

 

In its world, that human beings of the not-too-distant future will reproduce almost totally via laboratory technology. In the movie, people who had “religious births” (created because their parents had sex) were known as “invalids.”

In a striking scene, a geneticist working with a couple noted that, “You have specified hazel eyes, dark hair and fair skin. I’ve taken the liberty of eradicating any potentially prejudicial conditions. Premature baldness, myopia . . . alcoholism and addictive susceptibility . . . propensity for violence, obesity, etc.”

When the couple asks if they “should leave a few things to chance,” the geneticist replies, “We want to give your child the best possible start. Believe me, we have enough imperfection built in already. Your child doesn’t need any more additional burdens.”

We aren’t there yet, but as in vitrofertilization (IVF) has become less expensive and more effective — and as we continue to put off child rearing until later in life and demand genetic quality control over our offspring — reproduction will become more and more disconnected from sex.

Particularly when we have artificial placentas (not that far away) and artificial wombs (pretty far away, but coming), we will be dangerously close to proving that sci-fi scenario correct.

Anyone who has ever been through IVF knows the ways in which we can attempt to have quality control over the embryos for sale. From paying Ivy League college students $20,000 for their eggs (as long as, of course, they provide evidence of their high SAT scores and a photo demonstrating their attractiveness) — to using preimplantation genetic diagnosis of embryos to choose “the best” embryos (and discarding the rest) — we have set a reproductive course directly toward the future “GATTACA” warned us about.

If we are to stop the slide we will need a progressive sexual counter-culture.

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It must begin by calling out how a capitalist market drives out cultural values and moral principles in the name of securing profits for shareholders of the companies which bring us virtual-reality porn, sex robots and quality-controlled laboratory embryos.

In resisting such forces, we must stand up for new cultural norms which insist that sex and openness to the gift of procreation (not the market-laden term “reproduction”) must be connected.

Arguments in favor of such connections need not rely on the Bible or any kind of explicitly religious truth, but simply on the view that a culture ruled by the norms and principles in “GATTACA” are bad and ought to be resisted. Plenty of people hold this position regardless of their (lack of) religious belief.

The current culture, of course, finds it difficult to insist on the connection between sex and the gift of procreation. Indeed, disconnection between the two may be so strongly imbedded in the developed West that it may require young people to get us rethink our sexual and reproductive practices. In addition to being far more open-minded about these matters, the dystopian future toward which we are slouching will be theirs to live through if nothing changes.

It will take a very strong sexual counter-culture to get a culture dominated by capitalism and sexual autonomy to rethink these norms. But young people have changed embedded assumptions in our culture before.

Of the next generation, we must ask the following question: “Are you going to accept your grandfather’s view of sex and reproduction, or is your generation going to challenge the status quo?”

If we are to avoid “GATTACA,” we must hope for the latter.

Camosy is associate professor of ethics in Fordham’s theology department.

Sex robots could kill humans because they’ll be too good in bed

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Sex robots are coming and they’re going to be mind-blowing in the sack – to such a degree that scientists are concerned about humans’ health.

Unlike us puny humans, robots don’t get tired, so they could easily ‘over-exert’ a human lover, causing health problems, Swiss researcher Oliver Bendel has warned.

Basically, we’re all going to die by having way too much sex with RoboBae.

Speaking at the Love and Sex and Robots Conference at Goldsmith’s University, Bendel explained human sexuality has ‘physical limits’ – particularly for men, The Register reported.

He said: ‘If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex.’

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Who would have thought there would be so many problems with humans and robots getting it on? (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Unsurprisingly, there are loads of other ethical issues when it comes to man and robot making sweet, sweet love.

Bendel questioned whether robots should have the ability to refuse consent in ‘extreme’ circumstances, which may frustrate people keen to fork out £13,000 for an android f*ck buddy.

Sex mit Robotern – wer braucht schon Beziehungen?

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By von Karsten Möbius – MDR Wissen

http://www.mdr.de/wissen/mensch-alltag/science-and-sex-100.html

In London ist gerade eine wissenschaftliche Konferenz zum Thema “Love and Sex with Robots” zu Ende gegangen. Es ist ein globaler Trend – Sex mit Robotern ist gerade voll im Kommen.

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Roboter schweißen Autoteile zusammen, saugen Staub oder mähen Rasen. Aber Sex mit Robotern, das ist etwas. Das wollen sich viele nicht mal im Entferntesten vorstellen. Trotzdem ist das ein Trend, der immer mehr zunimmt. Sexualtherapeutin Carla Thiele aus Leipzig ist das Thema durchaus bekannt:

In jedem Land werden sich Leute finden, die daran interessiert sind und ich denke, dass die Community auch wachsen wird.

Carla Thiele, Sexualtherapeutin, Leipzig

Dieser speziellen Community stehen immer realistischere Nachbildungen von Menschen zur Verfügung. Eine amerikanische Firma produziert bereits erfolgreich intelligente Sexpuppen, die von ihren Nutzern lernen und sich mit ihnen unterhalten können.
Roxxxy heißt so eine Version eines Roboters. Sie hat fünf programmierte Persönlichkeiten zu bieten von abenteuerlustig über schüchtern und lernwillig. Bis zu zehntausend Dollar müssen Kunden dafür bezahlen, aber offenbar ist ein Markt vorhanden zu sein. Philosoph Christoph Quarch sieht mit dem Ende der Gummipuppen und dem Beginn von Sexrobotern eine ganz neue Stufe erreicht.

Diese Maschinen spiegeln letztlich vor, dass es eine Beziehung ist, die auf Augenhöhe stattfindet. Das hat einen Anstrich von Unmenschlichkeit.

Christoph Quarch, Philosoph

Dem würde Everard Cunion wahrscheinlich vehement widersprechen. Der Engländer war 2012 der erste Mann, der so eine Gummipuppe geheiratet hat. Und es heißt, er wäre nicht der einzige, dessen Lebensgefährtin aus Draht und Plaste wäre. Wen wundert es, dass bei dieser neuen Beziehungsform zwischen Mensch und Computer sogar der Begriff Liebe auftaucht. Für den Philosophen Christoph Quarch verlieren durch den Einsatz von Robotern eine Beziehung und auch die Sexualität ihre Würde, ihre wundervolle Einzigartigkeit:

Dass nun Maschinen für die Selbstbefriedigung auf den Markt geschleudert werden, passt in das Gesamtbild einer zunehmend beziehungsunfähigen Gesellschaft.

Christoph Quarch, Philosoph

Ähnlich sieht das die Sexualtherapeutin Clara Thiele. Sex mit Robotern an sich macht ihr keine Sorgen. Sie beschäftigt vielmehr, dass die neuen Generationen Dinge vom Computer lernen, die ihnen früher von den Eltern oder Großeltern beigebracht wurden. Wir müssten aufpassen, dass uns reale Beziehungen und Einfühlsamkeit nicht verlorengehen.

Human And Robot Marriage: Are Androids Looking Better Than Real Humans? How Is That Possible?

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With the swift emergence of technology, can humans marry robots in the near future? What’s the truth behind this claim? Is it really possible that droids will soon look better than real life humans? The details, find out (Photo : Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A sex robot expert have recently revealed that in a span of 35 years, humans will be married to robots. Apart from this revelation, the same expert has claimed that humans are bound to have sex with robots  which will allegedly become more enjoyable than with other humans, because of the advancement of artificial intelligence.

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In one of his statements during the Love and Sex with Robots conference in Goldsmith’s University, London this week, The Sun reports that as per Dr. David Levy, best-selling author and robot expert has said that the first marriage will be before, not after 2050. He claimed that sex and love with robots at a human level may appear to be a long way off, but the future has a way of laughing at you.

Furthermore, Dr. Levy believes that thanks to artificial intelligence, in which a machine can learn exactly types of sexual desires humans enjoy, means sex will become “more sophisticated” and “more enjoyable” with a robot. Additionally, he reveals that robots are about to get enormously attractive as well in the near future.

On the other hand, according to Daily Mail, the sex robot expert has highly emphasized that while the claims may seem ridiculous to some, ‘sex and love with robots at a humanistic level may appear to be a long way off, but the future has a way of laughing at you. In one study, the researchers surveyed 263 heterosexual males between the ages of 18 and 67. It was consequently found that a staggering number of men admitted they would buy a sex robot, with 40.3 per cent of participants responding in this way. Ultimately, experts say that as artificial intelligence advances gear up, it’s feared a robot personality could be enough to lock another in holy matrimony.

Hacked Sex Robots Will Reveal Their Client’s Freakiest Kinks

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What if your deepest sexual desires were leaked online? It may sound similar to the Ashley Madison hacks, or some of the scarier repercussions of the UK’s spying bill, but the emergence of sex robots could lead to something far worse. These machines will learn, remember and adapt to the user’s innermost desires, a treasure trove of sensitive information ripe for hacking.

“Right now my big concern is about data,” Dr Kate Devlin, a computer science professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, said at the Love and Sex With Robots conference this week. “Do we want people to know when we have sex and how we have sex?”

Although sex robots are currently available, they pale in comparison to the A.I.-enabled machines that may arrive later. One futurologist predicts that advanced sex robots will become commonplace by the year 2050. Robotics expert David Levy predicts bots that adapt to their owner’s tastes will go on sale as soon as next year for $15,000.

Abyss Creations, which makes the RealDoll, plans to start selling warm synthetic genitalia for robots next year, part of a multi-year plan to achieve intelligent sex robot designs. The company wants to use an app to learn about a user’s desires and control the machine. But like other robots, the data the RealDolls collect through their upcoming app could potentially lead to hacks.

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A prototype of Roxxxy, claimed to be the world’s first sex robot, is unveiled in 2010.

It’s a chilling scenario, and a risk that could grow as brothels choose to buy robots to supplement sex workers. Eleanor Hancock has conducted research into sex workers operating in the north-west of England, and believes that robots will operate alongside employees as the machines learn from their human counterparts. “Why would a sex worker not jump on this technology?,” she said.

Beyond the data risks, sex robots are a controversial area of discussion. Anti-robot campaigners argue that these machines could blur the lines between fantasy and reality, while proponents believe they represent a chance to explore human sexuality to new levels and grant people new experiences. Whether they will impact society positively or not, hopefully they come with adequate firewall protection.

Computer says yes: Humans to take robot lovers up the aisle by 2050 Author and AI expert believes robot marriage should be recognised by law.

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Only the lonely: Expert believes humans will marry robots by 2050 IBTimes UK

Some fear robots are coming for our jobs, others think they’re going to take over the world, but one expert believes they’ll more likely be taking our hands in marriage as he predicts humans will wed their robot lovers by 2050.

Author of ‘Love and Sex with Robots’, Dr David Levy, revealed that with the advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence the sight of a humanoid taking conjugal steps will be commonplace within the next 35 years.

“The first marriage will be before, not after 2050,” Dr Levy said during his speech at a robot conference in London.

Dr Levy believes that tying the knot with the Terminator will be such an integral part of modern life that marriages will have to be recognised by law to make a humanoid nuptials as legitimate as our old-fashioned human vowels.

“As more and more people come to accept the concept of love and sex with robots, society will come to develop laws to govern human-robot relationships,” the academic believes. “We’re being forced to contemplate what human-robot relationships will be like a generation or two from now…as love and sex with robots becomes more commonplace, we should face the very real possibility of marriage with robots.”

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Robot companions could be programmed to act however owners want.Reuters

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And what would our robot bridge and grooms be like? Rapidly evolving technology will see a completely different landscape for robotics in 35 years. It won’t be like dragging a modified Henry vacuum down the aisle. Dr Levy, who has a background in AI research, described that advanced programming will see robots will have near human-like personalities, while companies are continuing to create life-like bodies to blur the lines of realism. If you needed more convincing he also revealed “robots of the future will not be jealous, boastful, arrogant, rude, self-seeking or easily angered, unless of course you want them to be.”

Will somebody please think of the children

Of course, Dr Levy recognises that the notion will be met with criticism and objection, particularly with the debate of robot romps being hotly thrashed out on the grounds of morality.

Experts have flagged their deep concerns that the rise of sex machines could have a major impact to real-life relationships as robots will fill-in the place of a human by being able to fulfil people’s “basic sexual needs”. They also fear robots could allow people to explore or encourage their “deepest perversions” while giving users unrealistic expectations of sex.

Celebrity-lookalike robots are already being produced with one fan spending £35,000 to build a scarily realistic Scarlett Johansson doppelganger droid that moves and talks, which he believes could open up a market for sex bots.

Experts also fear that the sharing of our personal data could pose a security risk but you won’t have to worry about getting a virus. Well, only the computer kind, at least.

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Love and Sex With Robots Conference Sparks Controversy

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By Julie Wosk 

Professor and author of MY FAIR LADIES:

FEMALE ROBOTS, ANDROIDS, AND OTHER

ARTIFICIAL EVES – THE HUFFINGTON POST

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Are sex robots a great development or a dangerous sign of the times? Will marriage to robots someday be legal? And how about those new gadgets, like an electronic kissing machine?

The many facets of sex dolls, electronic robots, and new interactive sex toys were the focus of the Second International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots held December 19 and 20 at the Goldsmiths campus of the University of London.

Sex robots have been hotly debated. Some see them as beneficial for people who are lonely, who have recently lost a loved one, or have disabilities. Genevieve Liveley, professor at the University of Bristol, mapped out two opposing views: David Levy, author of the 2007 best-seller Love and Sex With Robots has argued that by using sex robots, “many who would otherwise have become social misfits, social outcasts, or even worse, will instead be better-balanced human beings.” But British professor Kathleen Richardson, a co-founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots, has countered that sex dolls objectify women, and that using sex dolls to help pedophiles and rapists displace their darker impulses is a bad idea: “people who can’t make human connections – they need therapy, not dolls.”

A new kissing device delighted the audience at the conference who ran up to try it out. Emma Yann Zhang of the City University, London along with several colleagues has developed a whimsical and fun real-time, multisensory kissing device that lets couples and family members transmit kisses over a distance. In a demonstration, when a person pressed her lips into a sensor-laden pad, the feel of the kiss was transmitted to the second person holding another pad. When asked if it felt like a real kiss, “It wasn’t wet!” noted the recipient, smiling.

Sometime in the future, the Kissenger machine may be embedded in sex dolls, making them seem even more real. Said Zhang, the device could also be helpful to users of online dating websites to gauge how good a kisser their potential partner would be.

But new sex toys could also have unexpected drawbacks. Kate Devlin, professor in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths drew attention to a class-action lawsuit launched by an American woman against the manufacturer of the We-Vibe vibrator—a sex toy that is smartphone controlled. Turns out the Canadian-based company was violating personal privacy by collecting intimate data about the users, including the vibration settings and temperature of the device.

State University of New York professor Julie Wosk, writer of this Huffington Postblog, described “A New Breed of Sex Robots” in films, television series, and plays. In her recent book My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves, Dr. Wosk cited men’s quest to create a robot in the guise of “The Perfect Woman”—a robot like the ones in The Stepford Wives films that were sexy, soothing, compliant, and never had any needs or ambitions of their own. But in today’s films like Ex Machina, and in television series like the hugely popular Westworld and Humans,female robots go rogue—sometimes even committing murder in order to retaliate against abuse or to gain their own freedom.

Speakers and the audience raised tantalizing questions. For people with very busy lives, would sex robots be an occasional alternative to help make marriages easier? What do we think about a recent robot clone of film actress Scarlett Johansson, who played the warm and seductive voice of the operating system in the movie Her ?

Should we be concerned with ethical issues, like the ones raised by Swiss professor Dr. Oliver Bendel about whether sex robots have the right to say “no” to certain extreme requests? Do we agree with David Levy who has provocatively predicted that with the fast pace of robot development, marriage to robots will be legal in the year 2050, if not sooner? For that, we’ll have to wait and see.

 

“Love and Sex with Robots”: Menschen, Maschinen, große Gefühle

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Vernetzte Technik bestimmt den Großteil unseres Alltags. Was passiert mit uns, wenn wir sie in unsere Schlafzimmer und Betten lassen? Darüber diskutieren Forscher auf dem zweiten Kongress zu “Love and Sex with Robots” am Goldsmith College in London.

Humans, Westworld, Ex Machina, Her: In aktuellen TV-Serien und Kinofilmen ist die Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation in ihrer intimsten Form ein großes Thema. Die Pop-Kultur neigt dazu, eine mit Sex- und Liebesrobotern bevölkerte Welt als Dystopie zu beschreiben. Roboter lehnen sich gegen Ausbeutung auf, verlassen ihren Menschen oder töten gar ihren Schöpfer. Möglich wird das, weil sie über ein Bewusstsein verfügen. In der Realität ist die Technik rund um Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) noch annähernd nicht ausgereift genug, um Robotern solche Fähigkeiten zu geben.

Moralische Dilemma

Trotzdem ist Maschinen-Ethik in anderen Bereichen schon jetzt ein Thema, das für Designer und Entwickler eine Rolle spielt. Der Informatiker Oliver Bendel, Experte für Informationsethik und Maschinenethik, gab deshalb bei der “Love and Sex with Robots”-Konferenz einen Überblick darüber, welche Fragen in Bezug auf Sex-Roboter relevant sein können. Soll der Roboter zum Beispiel selbst aktiv werden und und nicht nur auf sexuelle Wünsche des Menschen reagieren? Roboter kennen keine Ermüdung, sie haben keinen organischen Körper, der ihnen Grenzen auferlegt. Damit können sie einen Menschen potenziell überfordern. Und dürfen Roboter umgekehrt auch nein sagen, sich menschlichen sexuellen Wünschen widersetzen?

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Diese Probleme scheinen vielleicht noch weit entfernt. Aber vernetzte Sex-Tech Geräte, zu denen auch Sex-Roboter gehören, haben schon jetzt einen Jahresumsatz von 30 Milliarden US-Dollar und ihre weitere Verbreitung ist nicht aufzuhalten, sagt Kate Devlin. Die Informatikerin arbeitet in den Bereichen Human Computer Interaction (HCI) und KI und verteidigte in ihrer Keynote den Einsatz von Sex-Robotern. Statt die Roboter verbieten zu wollen, wie es unlängst eine Kampagne in Großbritannien forderte, setzt sich Devlin für den Dialog ein. Menschen sehnen sich nach Berührung und Zuneigung, aber nicht alle haben Zugang zu menschlichen Partnern. Alter, Behinderung oder soziale Phobien sind nur einige der möglichen Faktoren, die Menschen einsam bleiben lassen.

Devlin führt als positives Beispiel therapeutische Begleit-Roboter an, die schon jetzt in Alten- und Pflegeheimen sehr erfolgreich im Einsatz sind. Einen Schritt weiter gedacht, könnten Sex-Roboter das Wohlbefinden derer steigern, die keinen menschlichen Partner haben.

Menschlicher Kontakt durch Sex-Tech

Selbst diejenigen mit Partner können von Sex-Tech und Sex-Robotern profitieren. Die Anzahl der Menschen in Fernbeziehungen steigt stetig. Sexspielzeuge, die über das Internet miteinander verbunden sind, geben Paaren die Möglichkeit zu Intimität, selbst wenn sie in unterschiedlichen Zeitzonen leben. So präsentierte Emma Yann Zhang Kissenger, einen Mobile Kiss Messenger. Nutzer brauchen die Kissenger-Hardware, eine Art Schale, in die das eigene Smartphone gesteckt wird. Auf einer ovalen Fläche können die Nutzer ihren Kuss platzieren, der dann beim Empfänger als individueller Druck ankommt, während sie über eine App auch Video und Ton austauschen.

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Wird Sex mit Robotern also menschliche Intimität bald vollständig ersetzen? Die Wissenschaftler sehen es positiver: Durch den Kontakt mit Sex-Robotern hat der Mensch die Chance, sich selbst besser kennenzulernen und eigene Bedürfnisse zu formulieren. Das führt letztlich zu einem gesünderen Umgang mit der eigenen Sexualität – ob mit oder ohne Sex-Tech im Schlafzimmer. (kbe)

Sex Robots May Literally Fuck Us to Death

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This is not a sex robot. Yet. Image AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

At the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots (a real thing) Swiss researcher Oliver Bendel cautioned an audience of prospective robot-fuckers that “If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex.”

In other words, sex bots are coming. And one way or another they’re going to fuck us to death.

Bendel noted that robots, unlike humans, don’t tire out. If issues of robot ethics aren’t addressed before these sentient Fleshlights hit the market, they could either screw us to the point of physical exhaustion, or be so much better at sex than real people that humanity might stop boning entirely.

Given the present state of teledildonics (the unfortunately named industry of internet-connected sex toys) cybergigolos are a long way off. Although if human stupidity is any indicator, we won’t bother answering the questions around their ethical construction until it’s already too late. When alien visitors finally reach Earth, they will find only a barren wasteland of broken down robot prostitutes and the neglected remains of the dumb, fleshy creatures they were too good at serving.

London university Goldsmiths hosts conference on ‘ethics of having sex with robots’

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A London university is hosting world experts on loving and having sex with robots this week.

The two-day conference, which has been banned in Malaysia, will address the ethics around sexual relationships with robots and includes a talk on ‘teledildonics’ called Teletongues – lollipop devices for remote oral interaction.

Event organiser Dr Kate Devlin, senior lecturer in computing at Goldsmiths, has previously written about sex robots’ potential to help sex offenders.

She told the Standard: “It may be have a controversial or trivial-sounding topic title, but this is an academic conference area with a lot of growth and development.

“Sex technology is a huge industry worth billions of dollars worldwide. Humanoid sex robots are more niche, they are only manufactured in the US and Japan at the moment.

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Humans and robots: A two-day conference will look into the ethics of having sexual relations between the two. (AFP/Getty Images)

“There are several important things to consider with these robots. Is it ethical to make machines to have sex with? At the moment there is not much interactivity with sex robots, they are just sex dolls, they are not sentient. But with artificial intelligence, in the future we will be able to create robots that think for themselves.

“Another thing to consider is who collects the data from the robots? Will we have privacy? Even vibrators are starting to collect data.”

Having relationships with robotic technology became a topic of debate after the release of Scarlett Johansson film ‘Her’ in 2013,  a romantic sci-fi drama whose main character falls in love with his female intelligent computer operating system.

Dr Devlin added: “We need to fully understand the ethics and therapeutic uses of sex with robots and where it’s going in a diverse and equal manner.

“A lot of technology now is being created by men and for men but they are just mechanised sex dolls, the stereotypical seductive woman – though the market for sex toys is evenly split between men and women.  Why can’t we explore new forms of sex robot and less heteronormative ones?

“Also, these robots could help people who cannot normally form relationships and provide them with a form of intimacy they would not otherwise have.”

The conference is taking place today and tomorrow at the university New Cross campus, with keynote speaker artificial intelligence and industry expert David Levy.

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