Dr Cathy O’Neil has envisioned a robotic utopian future where men and women coexist, but need not cohabitate. Writing for Bloomberg, O’Neil said, “If our sexual needs can be met by intimate automated helpers [sex robots], maybe we’ll end up stronger as a community.”
While recent advances in sex robotic technology has been a cause of concern, particularly for women, O’Neil believes it is the men, not the women, who should be worried.
It’s entirely possible that robots can outperform men… Are women not as capable as men of crude objectification? There’s room here for everyone’s impure thoughts and desires. Robots don’t discriminate, and they can probably give good massages.
While O’Neil grants there could be dangers associated with the rise in robots, she does admit, “The statistician in me can’t help asking: Would that make them more of a threat than actual men? Given the baseline murder rate for human sexual partners, it’s hard to get too worried. Plus, if they can understand female anatomy — I mean, really understand it — maybe it’s worth the risk.”
“It’s worth a try. So bring on the sex robots,” O’Neil concludes.
Sex robot inventor Sergi Santos believes it’s only a matter of time until human and robot marriages are as commonplace as the mobile phone.
People might look at Samantha as a weird thing you read about. But before they know it, these robots will be doing their jobs, and marrying their children, their grandchildren, and their friends… They need to remember that just a few years ago mobile phones were seen as a non-essential item in society but now we can’t function without them.
Santos suggests the inability to procreate with a robot partner is one hurdle that may soon be over come. “I can make them have a baby. It’s not so difficult. I would love to have a child with a robot.” Santos continued:
Using the brain I have already created, I would program it with a genome so he or she could have moral values, plus concepts of beauty, justice and the values that humans have. Then to create a child with this robot it would be extremely simple. I would make an algorithm of what I personally believe about these concepts, and then shuffle it with what she thinks and then 3D print it. That’s it. I 3D print the robot that is the child of me and the robot … I don’t see any complications.”
The disconnect between the sex robot and sex as God designed it is highlighted in the following excerpt by David Platt: “God designed sex to be relational, but self-stimulated sex is lustful. God designed sex to be covenantal, but self-stimulated sex is non-committal. God designed sex to be intimate, but self-stimulated sex is superficial. God designed sex to be fruitful, but self-stimulated sex is fruitless. God designed sex to be selfless, but self-stimulated sex is self-centered. God designed sex as a complex union, but self-stimulated sex involves personal isolation. God designed sex as a complementary heterosexual act, but self-stimulated sex is a personal homosexual act.”