Two Thirds of Men are Willing to Give Sex Robots a Go

More than two-thirds of men recruited for a sexbot study say they would give sex robots try. About two-thirds of women in the same study say they would not try a sex robot. Those findings come from the first exploratory survey of human attitudes toward sex robots. Such research has huge implications beyond whether humanity ends up using robots for sexual satisfaction—it can also reveal gender differences in how people view modern human relationships.

Why the Difference Between Males and Females in Willingness to Try Sexbots?

“Men marry a woman hoping she will stay the same person they imagine her to be. Women marry a man betting that she can change him to serve her needs better.”

Clearly, sex robots are not likely to change — if they are well maintained. This suits a man’s wishes perfectly. The sexbot will not age, will not wrinkle or go gray, and will never, ever refuse his advances or accuse him of date rape or mental cruelty.

Women want a perfect man, but a perfect man that they can change to become “even more perfect” for her. This is a more complex socio-sexual requirement than the simple male desire for sex — any way, any time, anywhere.

This will continue to be a problem for women, until programmable sexbots who learn to change according to a woman’s whim are devised. The merging of humanoid robots with convincing machine intelligence will mark a sea change in the development of sexbots which will widen the appeal appreciably — for both men and women.

Some people are already at work attempting to create such a sex monster: Matt McMullen first created “Real Dolls”, inert silicon sex dolls used as masturbation aids. Now he wants to go the distance.

McMullen’s latest project is ambitious, even by Silicon Valley standards. He’s trying to animate his dolls, by applying the latest principles in artificial intelligence and machine to their lifeless silicone forms. Ultimately, he wants these dolls to have customizable personalities, and to be able to talk to their owners, in romantic and entertaining ways. He’s trying to build robots capable of being loved by humans, not just having sex with them.

There is still plenty of distance between today’s AI capabilities and the sci-fi fantasy of a talking, emoting robot lover. But McMullen’s audacious experiment is one of the most compelling examples of someone trying to narrow that gap. And if McMullen succeeds, his AI-enhanced RealDolls could transform the way we live and love forever. __

More on McMullen’s new interactive sextbot project:

Does interactivity make for a better sex doll?

We really look at this as much more than being just a sex doll. We’re looking at all the ways this could be used as a companion. The intimacy part of it is obviously very interesting, and a lot of people gravitate toward it. But the implications of what it could do is so much bigger.

For some of our customers, just having the dolls in their house makes them feel not as lonely as they did before. There are people out there that have dolls that they choose to make a permanent part of their being. They don’t want a real relationship with all the responsibility that comes along with it. Usually, for those kinds of people, it’s just an act of time. They’re going through a loss of a loved one or a divorce, and this is a diversion for them to take the edge off of the loneliness. Our hope is that it can be a device to help people get through some of those times. __

The idea is to create a surrogate “woman” (or man) who can interact sexually and socially very much like a real woman. But not “too much” like a real woman (or man) . . .

When you think about it, people are probably drawn to the creation and use such devices because they want an ultimately compliant and ever-willing sexual outlet. There wouldn’t be much point in them creating a sex robot that acted exactly like a human being — and could, therefore, avoid, resist or otherwise not reciprocate their sexual desires — since there are plenty of them around anyway. __

It is certain that whatever ideas or feelings you may have toward virtual sex, machine sex, simulated sex, stimulated sex — or whatever forms of sex that may evolve over the next few decades — you are likely to change your mind, as things develop far beyond our current capability of imagining or sensing.

Wait a minute! Oh, no, Mr. Fin just drove up. I have to sign off now before he catches me writing another blog posting about my pet topic. Until next time, loyal readers,


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