Apparently, studies show that nearly half of all men would be willing to buy a sex robot in the future. Apart from that being slightly disconcerting for a lot of women, it also might pose a potential health risk to people using the bots, as too much use could see them pushed over the edge…
In one particular study, 263 heterosexual males between the ages of 18 and 67 were shown two-minute videos of female humanoid robots. Personality measures and attractiveness ratings were also conducted, and then the men were asked if they would purchase a sex bot anytime between now and the next five years. Astonishingly, 40.3 percent of the participants responded that they would be very much willing to welcome a sex bot into their lives.
The research also found that lonelier men were more likely to attribute human characteristics to their robots. Makes sense…
But the excitement surrounding sex robots also comes with a price, as it is feared that humans could over-exert themselves to the point of collapse.
The findings were revealed at the Love and Sex with Robots conference in London and Oliver Bendel, a researcher from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, warned of the ‘physical limits’ to human sexuality. ‘If the machine over-exerts the human, it reduces the possibility of human sex,’ Bendel said.
It was also pointed out that the increase of sex bot popularity would raise a number of ethical questions – including whether sex bots should have the capability to refuse acts in extreme circumstances, and there are also concerns over proliferation, as the bots could collect data on their users which could be passed on to… well, who knows who.
Good to see the future’s looking bright.