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We should all try to be grownups and face the fact that robots can be used for things other than moving items around the factory floor. This means Sex-bots could make our human spouses obsolete, someone had to say it. Robots are being looked at to fulfill a variety of needs, some of these uses are less distasteful than the killing machines the military seeks, and some are destined to become rather controversial. Many articles have been written about how robots are being groomed to help and assist in the care of the elderly, but it is clear that they have the potential to fulfill many of our other needs as well. The integration of robots into our culture will bring about massive changes in society.
For as long as I can remember people have tried to infuse human qualities on inanimate objects. Everything from pet rocks to automobiles have been referred to by their owners as "she's a beauty" might be viewed as proof that many people show a desire for objects to reflect something beyond what the world originally granted these objects the ability to muster. Most of us harbor the desire to be liked, loved, cherished, exist in an environment free of criticism, physical closeness or contact often is a part of this. My experience leads me to believe a good percentage of humans are a bit strange, weird, or off and becoming more so every day, in many cases, we might be surprised how many people could shift their feelings of companionship to a well-designed robot. We do not live on bread alone, but again, even a good home-cooked meal is something a "love reflecting" sex-bot could provide, and in many cases, their cooking might be far better than the spouse many of us might choose, or get stuck with.
The term fem-bots was used in several "wacky" Austin Powers' movies when robots were cast resembling the female form and took on a sexual persona. The giant screen has on several occasions explored some of these futuristic issues mankind might someday face. A peek into what it would be like to clone yourself was explored by a character Michael Keaton played in the 1996 American science fiction comedy, Multiplicity. The movie about a man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated, also starred Andie MacDowell, the movie revealed how easy answers sometimes prove to have unforeseen complications. Returning to the subject of this post, even virtual reality, and the idea of moving towards living an artificial existence in a virtual world does not seem to have the potential that having a sex-bot holds.
While a huge difference exists between robots and dolls a look into advancements taking place within other industries often holds a glance into what lays before us. A Japanese company claims to have taken its product a genuine-looking sex doll to the next level. A Daily Mail.com article tells of the doll's realistic feeling skin and authentic-looking eyes. The manufacturer, Orient Industries says the dolls are made from high-quality silicone and are so realistic that at first glance there is little to distinguish them from a real girlfriend. The noninflatable doll is sold under the name "Dutch Wives" which is a Japanese term for a sex doll, and it is advertised in the media that anyone who buys one will never want a real girlfriend again. The doll cost just north of six thousand dollars. I discovered this information during a "bing" search, which again proves how necessary the internet can be. In the title of the story, the writer uses the word "creepy" when referring to the industry, but it is difficult to deny that over seven hundred comments show a large level of interest in such things, you will find the link below.
A few final thoughts about what a future might look like if mankind gracefully integrates robots into our lives and culture. The economics of such a mate also is at an acceptable level for many people. One thing is certain, and that is the rich will have access to the best and most advanced units. With a good warranty and little maintenance, a sex-bot purchased on payments might render the purchaser large savings when compared to a high maintenance spouse. A huge benefit is the amount of time devoted to maintaining a relationship could be substantially reduced if an inactive or dormant mode was utilized, couple this with savings on medical insurance and an expensive clothing budget. To ice the cake you can just imagine the money saved by avoiding a costly divorce that means you lose half your wealth or have to start over. If an owner was inclined they might even leverage their investment by sharing, renting out, or swapping their sex-bot with others.
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As to the question of whether it would be "cheating" for a spouse to have sex with a sex-bot I would defer this to someone with more experience in this area, such as Bill Clinton. In a defining moment during his White House sex scandal Clinton's rationalization to the grand jury about why he wasn't lying when he said to his top aides that with respect to Monica Lewinsky, "there's nothing going on between us." remains a classic. Here's what Clinton told the grand jury (according to footnote 1,128 in Starr's report): "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement....Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true." Bill Clinton really is a guy who's willing to think carefully about "what the meaning of the word 'is' is."
All in all, it will be very interesting to see how society embraces robots to fulfill different roles in our lives as technology moves forward. For the record, the term Dutch wife originally referred to a large sack stuffed with canvas (sails). Sailors used these to wedge themselves in their bunks during rough weather so they wouldn't roll about. In the time this term was coined dutch women presumably had a reputation for being unresponsive and apathetic in bed. (Things on this front have improved markedly, however.) So says the Urban Dictionary. Please consider this piece a social commentary on what we have become, or where we might be heading. If nothing else it should help bring into focus the fact that in our fast-changing world we have a slew of decisions to make concerning the boundaries we place on society. In a future post I may explore what might happen if a sex-bot dysfunctions or in human terms "goes mad." even worse that it decides it "deserves" then demands respect. Of course, that is for another time, for now, I will let you ponder what you have just read.
Footnote; This post dovetails with many of my recent writings, for more on the ramifications robots might have on society see the articles below. Please feel free to search the archives for articles on a range of topics, thanks for reading, your comments are encouraged.