Campaign launched against sex robots
A new campaign is calling for the development of robots that can be used for sexual purposes to be banned. As sex toys become more and more advanced, it paves the way for a new breed of sex robots, but are these really the right the way to go?
According to Dr Kathleen Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in Leicester, the answer is a resounding no. She is leading the campaign and has said that technology to create sex robots is not needed. Dr Richardson is urging those developing sex robots to rethink how they are using the technology.
However, the industry has argued that there really is a need for this level of technology when it comes to the development of new sex toys.
Dr Richardson told the BBC: "Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on - how they will look, what roles they would play - are very disturbing indeed.
"We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women."
She continued to say that the creation of sex robots will likely reinforce the traditional roles of women. They could also emphasise the belief that relationships only need a physical element, rather than an emotional connection.
While robots that can be used for sex are not yet on the shelves, many companies are currently looking into the possibility of developing them. While sex dolls aren't new, there is an increasing interest in creating them so they are able to be more interactive.
However, concerns are being raised that sex robots could lead to greater levels of isolation as people stop seeking out human company.
Erik Billing, associate senior lecturer at the School of Informatics in Sweden, has joined the campaign. He told CNBC: "Already today we have many kinds of sex toys and applications for robots which are great but we're also beginning to see the introduction of sex robots. There are a lot of worries that we're introducing this technology on a large scale without looking at what consequences there are on human-to-human relationships."
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