Sex dolls or the woman object for real, artificial intelligence and robots will go so far as to invest our bedroom.
One day, will we make love with domestic androids, or will we marry them, as in Real Humans? In 2007, AI expert David Levy wrote that robots would end up so much like men, that people would fall in love with them, sleep with them, and want to marry them. 10 years later, for the researcher, organizer of the congress on “love and sex with robots”, no doubt: sex with robots, “it’s for tomorrow” – since the “sex robots” , or “sexbots”, landed this year. And predict marriage with them for 2050.
Some did not wait until 2050 to marry empty shells. In 2016, a Japanese, Senki Nakajima, left his family for a silicone doll. For him, she is “more than plastic”, and leads with a “perfect relationship” because “she will never betray it”.
Sexbots with ultra-realistic appearance
The manufacture of ultra-realistic dolls on a human scale is booming, especially in Japan. The dolls of American Real Doll, or French Dreamdoll Diffusion, look like real humans. But the next step will be sex robots – dolls with AI that can move and talk. According to the report “Future of Sex”, sexbots will be the big trend of the next few years, with VR and remote sex, or teledildonic.
Sexual robots are even more realistic than dolls because they can moan and move. Abyss Creations, the origin of Real Doll, planks on his own sexbots, planned for 2018. For its part, True Companion already markets a sexual robot, RoXXXy – a doll with an AI and an “articulated skeleton” . She is not autonomous and can not move alone, but can adapt her behavior to the tastes of the user, and tell him what he wants to hear. According to True Companion, “she is a real companion: she has a personality, listens, speaks, feels when touched.”
The remedy against emotional loneliness?
Even David Levy agrees that sex robots will not be “smart” for a while, keeping a “rudimentary” personality for at least 20 years. But by then, sexbots should multiply, because they appear as a response to the growing loneliness that accompanies modern life (8 million single people in France).
According to Ian Pearson, futurologist and author of the report “The Future of Sex”, robots will be better lovers because “tireless, never sick,” and controllable. As a result, humans will separate sexuality and love. But why marry robots? Because they will be “patient, protective”, and “never jealous, arrogant or brutal”, says David Levy. They will avoid the user, who is struggling to communicate, the ups and downs of the relationship.
Of course, sexbots will have many benefits. They can be used for therapeutic purposes, like listening companions. For people with disabilities who can hardly have sex, robotics could be a palliative. RoXXXy was designed with the initial goal of “helping people with disabilities” as sexual assistants. Sexbots could also stop the trafficking of human beings, and help to “contain” sexual deviance. But above all, they would be a remedy for loneliness: “Better to be with a robot than to be alone,” says David Levy.
Will sexbots make us insensitive?
The risks are also numerous. For if they can break loneliness, sex robots are also likely to increase it. The psychoanalyst Serge Tisseron fears “that one day, we will end up preferring our robots (which will always meet our expectations) to our fellows”. Until we isolate. It is in this sense that Kathleen Richardson, researcher in ethics of robotics, leads a campaign against sexbots, convinced that they will eventually damage human relations.
Already, humans could find themselves “competing” with robots more “efficient” than they are in bed, and therefore experience a strong performance anxiety. But worse, sexbots (often female) would reduce the woman to the role of object – resulting in an upsurge of machismo and “abnormal fantasies”. A bit like in Westworld, a series in which robots allow rich customers to satisfy their worst desires, we would end up “losing our empathy”.
For Nathalie Parein, psychologist-sexologist, sexbots risk “to accentuate negative behaviors, especially tendencies to abuse”. Thus, robots, which will “relieve impulses”, will not help “people in trouble to build”, and the “problem