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I know at least some of you are thinking: I already feel like I am having sex with a robot. But new research predicts that we will be having sex with actual robots within five years and considers an exciting application of robotic technology – replacing sex workers with androids.

The possibilities are fascinating. Affordable android sex workers could have the power to eliminate the trafficking of men and women from the sex trades. It could stop the exploitation of very young boys and girls in poor countries by sex tourists. It could stem the tide of sexually transmitted infections that currently flow from sex workers to their clients to those clients’ wives and other sexual partners.

Android sex workers could be available in every mall, airport and hotel in the country. People would never have to experience being horny, in the same way that many people in the West have never had to experience what it feels like to be hungry.

I love science fiction. In fact, I am currently making my way through Philip Dick’s stories written in the 1950’s. One thing that reading old science fiction reveals to me is this: science fiction writers may be good at envisaging technological change but they are lousy at predicting social change.

For example, in Philip Dicks's world, the men of the future (all of whom are smokers) are all off colonizing the moons, while all the women of the future are either subservient housewives or whores.

(Incidentally, in the last story I read of his there was only one woman who happens to be both a whore and an android. Spoiler alert – things do not end well for humanity in that scenario.)

This current paper isn’t really that different in that it assumes that futuristic sex markets (in 2050) are populated by men (only) who continue to fly around the world to buy sex in specialized markets like Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

There are three reasons, however, that people travel to buy sex on a foreign market that would no longer apply in futuristic android sex markets.

The first is that people are ashamed of their behavior and therefore remove themselves from their own community so that they can buy sex in the anonymity of a foreign market.

If sex with androids is “guilt-free,” as the authors claim, I am not sure why anyone would need to travel to a foreign market to buy it.

The second is that foreign sex markets provide cheaper services than their home markets in developed economies. This is particularly true in countries in which poverty ensures a perpetual supply of desperate men and women.

Android sex workers will presumably flow across borders far more easily than human sex workers, implying that the price of their services should be similar worldwide.

The final reason why people travel for sex is they demand services that domestic sex workers are unwilling to provide at any price level. Sex with children, for example, is difficult to buy in the developed world, as is sex that involves a great deal of violence.

Whether or not governments in the developed world would permit the development of pre-pubescent androids for the sex market is a topic that I suspect would generate a great deal of debate. If they did, however, the desire to travel specifically for that service would disappear.

There are broader economic implications for this development.

The most obvious is that entire economies that depend on sex tourism would be devastated. The authors of this paper argue that Amsterdam would flourish with a new android sex market. I obviously disagree with that conclusion. But beyond that there could potentially be a very painful period of adjustment for both poor nations that depend on sex tourism and for the poor in developed nations who depend on the income they receive from the sex trades.

Another implication is that android sex would change the dynamics within marriage. I personally don’t see wives happily waving their husbands good-bye as they head out to spend $10,000 on android sex (which is the 2050 price suggested in this paper) any more than I see husbands cheerfully sending their wives off to do the same thing.

But if they did, and sex with an android was acceptable within marriage, how might that change the way that couples negotiate? The authors of this paper argue that wives only have sex with their husbands in order to encourage them to help out around the house. Does access to android sex then mean that women have to go back to doing all the chores?

And how about marriage as an institution? Will Massachusetts be the first state to grant equal marriage rights to human-android couples?

I don’t doubt that technology will head in this direction. In fact, the sex trades might do for robotic technology what pornography has done for Internet technology – increase the profitability in such a way that new technologies arrive quickly.

The question is: Would you have sex with an android?

The authors write:

“If android lovers programmed to deliver are the gateway to the kind of mind blowing sex few people currently experience, it is likely that our attitudes to robot sex will change.”

I must be naïve because up until this moment, I didn’t even realize that we, as a society, had attitudes toward robot sex. It seems to me that lots of people, particularly women, have absolutely no problem having sex with electronics; even those that can’t take out the garbage in the morning.

:view:Original Article: BigThink

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pls warn author for this post....being here gets funny :(

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Me no like. Just imagine the potential crotch absorbance, or worse - crotch fungi due to the plastic and naylon tehture. If it's metal, then rust. Even stainless steel absorbs... certain substances I would mind touching. :ermm: :ermm: :ermm:

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But new research predicts that we will be having sex with actual robots within five years and considers an exciting application of robotic technology – replacing sex workers with androids.

The first batch (beta-testers) would risk amputation of their most private organ. :o:
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But new research predicts that we will be having sex with actual robots within five years and considers an exciting application of robotic technology – replacing sex workers with androids.

The first batch (beta-testers) would risk amputation of their most private organ. :o:
:beta: i don't want be a beta tester :rolleyes:
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Will robots replace prostitutes?

Professors in New Zealand believe that by 2050, Amsterdam's red light district may be full of android prostitutes, whose prices will be controlled by the city council. Are prostibots in your future?

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This appears to be the current state of the, um, art.

(Credit: Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

This is dedicated to all those of youthful vigor and adventurous spirit.

I wish to warn you of amusements that will, apparently, exist in 2050. For, by then, all prostitutes will be robots.

I know there will be some who have craved this notion since the first time they failed to charm a girl at high school. However, this prediction -- made by scientists at New Zealand's Victoria University -- offers that one of the greatest benefits of a prostibot is, well, cleanliness.

My regular reading of New Zealand's Dominion Post reveals to me that these android ladies (and, one presumes, gentlemen) will be made of bacteria resistant fiber and would be, um, "flushed for human fluids."

Naturally, the thoughts of many might be flooded with the question: "flushed by whom?"

My own first thought was that these prostibots were described as "android." Does this mean they will be created by the same fine brains that brought us the self-driving car?

In their paper "Robots, Men and Sex Tourism," Professor Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars focused with some resolution on how Amsterdam's red light district might look in 2050.

They offer more reasons than mere perfectly flushed fluids for their prognostication. They say the prostibots -- working in a sex club with the very onomatopoeic named "Yub-Yum" -- would destroy the trafficking of human prostitutes from Eastern Europe and elsewhere. They also claim that these new androidesses will offer perfect beauty. I wonder how many beholders will agree.

Oddly, they also suggest that men in search of immediate commercial sexual pleasure would have an emotional connection to their chosen prostibot. This is touchingly difficult to conceive, especially as men will know that these machines cannot possibly respond to them in any true way.

It is surely the hope for at least some men in 2012 that they are transmitting pleasure to their human prostitute counterpart. Some men are still human.

You might wonder why these vast minds are feeling the need to consider futuristic prostibottery. Well, Mars is a sexologist. Yeoman, on the other hand, is a management professor with a deep and abiding interest in tourism.

Perhaps it was he, therefore, who bored down into some of the economic aspects. This utopian scenario involves the local city council setting their rates. I wonder what the council's percentage might be.

It is unclear, though, whether prostibots of particular sizes, hair color -- or even perhaps racy, gruff dialogue -- would demand higher rates than those of more mundane qualities (and, perhaps, bacteria-resistant fiber near its sell-by date.)

However, I wonder whether this new world has yet been sufficiently analyzed. I am indebted beyond price to CBS Las Vegas, which delved deeper into the fundamentals.

It asked Dennis Hof, he who owns the seminal Moonlite Bunny Ranch -- a place where several CES attendees have enjoyed a mopping of their brows -- what he thought.

He said: "At the Bunny Ranch, we say 'it's not just the sex, it's an adventure' -- and oftentimes it's more about the adventure than it is the sex."

Hof is surely a man who could teach the professors a thing or two. His thinking is lateral, but laserlike. His instinctive understanding of human impulses is far beyond that of any potential prostibot engineer.

It will surely be a very long time before a prostibot can look a man in the eye and deduce his sadness, his happiness, his reticence, his incompetence, and, most especially, his appalling dress sense.

It isn't just about creating a robot that takes on a certain identity. No matter how much they hide it, humans are a little more sophisticated than that.

:view:Original Article: CNET

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