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Sex robots: Till malfunction do us part

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is disrupting many areas including the aspect of love. As androids and machines get integrated into our lives, we are expected to conform to these extreme transformations that include loving a non-human being.

I’m talking about going all WestWorld mode… actually here’s a quote from the film, “The maze isn’t meant for you.”

Where am I heading with this… we all know that AI is making its way into the global sex market, bringing with it a revolution in robotic “sextech” devised to offer sexual gratification with an almost human touch.


As technology gets integrated in our lives, some people find it hard to get into the dating scene and seek love. Sustaining a relationship becomes a real task and our priorities shift to other things hence opting for an android that’ll gratify to your needs in an instant with zero inconvenience.

In a report on the growing market in sex robots, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics said enhanced technologies have paved way to the creation of ‘android love dolls’ capable of performing 50 automated sexual positions.

These are customizable humanoid robots with captivating humanistic and expressive features, which may make us, develop emotional affinity toward these machines.

However, the life-like robots raise complex issues that should be considered by policymakers and the public. Such concerns include matters like whether these devices should be encouraged in sexual therapy clinics, for sex offenders, or for people with disabilities.


As much as many people think these robots could help reduce sexual crimes, giving a green light to such an act might amplify people’s darkest desires in the long-term affecting societal norms.

Replacing a meaningful human to human relationship with these robots will be hard no matter how intelligent some of these machines may appear to be, they will always be in a place of rooted ‘robotness’, and can never completely fathom the human experience or connect with you on a deeper level.

Furthermore, it will be a serious case of unrequited love. The human-to-robot feelings would never be mutual. The most you could get is a bot listening to you and responding on a verbal and physical stimulus. They also tend to be equipped with sensors, a speaker, microphone and are driven by a microprocessor together with an artificial intelligence algorithm.