Apr 07 2014

Sex with robots: Should we?

I wrote about sex robots, some ethical dimensions, highlighted my own concerns and managed to talk about male sex toys in the Guardian.

Heh, I said “dildos” on their website.


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    If the apparatus appears to the person interacting with it to have the ability to grant or withhold consent, then the issue of consent is relevant. I am going to make the bold statement that it doesn’t matter, in this case, whether the robot is judged “sentient” or not; what counts is whether the “user” perceives it as consenting or not and interacts with it accordingly.

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    Gregory in Seattle

    “Dildo” gets used often in The Guardian, just a bit more obliquely. In the Politics section, at least.

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    If I need to get consent from a sex-bot I’m going to have trouble – its been so many years that I’ve been out of action that I’m really rusty and that might count as an std.

    Still I feel I could enter the uncanny vulva.

  4. 4

    If they’re like Terminators, count me in…

  5. 5
    John Horstman

    Yes, if we want to.

    Next question.

  6. 6
    Andrew Spencer

    Realistic robots are going to have to be pretty advanced. I imagine the whole human experience will have changed by the time that technology comes around, making prediction quite difficult.

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    Andrew Spencer

    I mean, you analyze it from the perspective of social norms, but those norms will all evaporate with the singularity.

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    Tauriq Moosa

    @ John Horstman #5


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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I think Isaac Asimov already answered that title question in his ‘Foundation’series -and it was Bliss.

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    Chaos Engineer

    I don’t see why a robot would want to have sex with something as inefficient and short-lived as a human being. I think they’d find it far more fulfilling to have sex with other robots.

    A more interesting question would be: Should a robot with an Apple O/S be allowed to marry a robot with a Microsoft O/S? I can’t decide: On the one hand, I think the relationship is doomed to wind up just like Romeo and Juliet once the copyright lawyers have gotten involved, and of course the real victims will be the robot children. But, on the other hand, who am I to stand in the way of True Love?

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    Hershele Ostropoler

    Unless you have a specific fetish that makes robot sex an end in itself, I don’t see the benefit.

  12. 12

    Hershele – robots never order the lobster.

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    Raymond Szuch

    This should have more comments. Really enjoyed this post. :)

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