Sex Robot Debate: Danger or Harmless Pleasure?

Thanks to the rapid advancement of the adult industry, you no longer need another human to have sex. VR porn provides complete immersion in the virtual porn environment, while special toys and even suits are synched up with the movements in the scene. Masturbating devices are also evolving. In 2018, a UK-resident purchased a  £15,000 state-of-the-art porn doll that can talk and remember his birthday. So are these human inventions a blessing or a curse?

Arguments Against

People opposed to the trend claim that porn robots will destroy human relationships. Since an artificial lover is never asked for consent, men may expect subservience from all females, viewing them as mere sexual receptacles. New York Times contributor Laura Bates labels sex robot  “misogynistic wish fulfillments”. She links them to sexual violence, warning that we are “normalizing rape by giving it a publicly acceptable face”.

There is even an initiative called The Campaign Against Sex Robots.  Launched by Kathleen Richardson, it argues that the spread of artificial lovers will drive up the levels of sexual assault, as men will be more likely to objectify women.

It may seem that porn robot have the potential to bring out the worst in people, especially males. After all, they use robotic female bodies to live out their naughty and violent fantasies. However, should we really fear these inventions so much?  

Arguments in Favor

There may be a more positive future ahead. Like any form of technology, robotic lovers are the product of human imagination. They express our choices and satisfy our desires.  Promotion of sexual assault in not inevitable.

With clever programming, robots could teach their users about consent and female pleasure. If humans design them to be useful, rather than dangerous, the invention will bring more good. Here are some of the potential educational uses highlighted by sex historian Hallie Lieberman.

  • General sex education: given the tactile and verbal feedback delivered by robots, they could be perfect education tools that would not pass judgement;
  • Teaching men about female consent;
  • Improving users’ sexual techniques, enabling them to better please their real-life partners;
  • Helping disabled people who are unable to have normal sex life.

For example, a female robot could teach men about the intricacies of women’s sexual pleasure, responding differently to different types of pressure on the clitoris. Its male counterpart would teach about the right degree of pressure on male genitals and the pleasures of prostate stimulation.

Overall, humans have only started producing robotic sex partners. Like any technology, these inventions could have a positive use unless they fall into the wrong hands. Robots are merely tools. How they change our world will entirely depend on their programming.

Sex Dolls Deliver Pleasure With Hefty Price Tags

Today, humans no longer need each other to experience sexual pleasure. The industry of VR porn offers incredible immersion and visual depth, while numerous sex toys and even suits may be synched up with the movements in the porn clip. On the other hand, standalone masturbating devices are also evolving. In the summer of 2018, a UK resident became the first buyer of a state-of-the-art sex puppet. The artificial lover cost the father of two, who goes by the name Brick Dollbanger, £15,000.

For this impressive price, you get a pretty hi-tech girl capable of orgasms and even remembering your birthday. It will memorize the owner’s tastes in food, movies, and music. According to the Sun newspaper, the 60-year-old already has five robotic lovers, which have cost him £150,000 over the past decade following his divorce.

Meet Harmony

The miracle AI bot called Harmony was manufactured Realbotix. This California-based producer is focused on developing lifelike robots. Here are their main features:

  • silicone skin and incredibly lifelike appearance;
  • control from a special app;
  • customizable features, from nipple color to labia to personality traits.

It is up to you to decide when your girl will get shy or jealous!

After testing his purchase, Dollbanger concluded: “If having sex with a real woman is a ten, then a sex puppet is eight, eight and a half.” The owner filmed the robot. In the videos, she speaks with a British accent and is very responsive. The phrases include “My day is wonderful now we are talking. I feel so good lately.” and “What about visiting an art gallery? We can have some coffee later.”

Other Dolls

Abyss Creations, the parent company of Realbox, also produces lifelike sex puppets under the brand name Real Doll. Their  PVC skeletons are poseable, and their silicone flesh emulates human skin. Each of their custom-made puppets costs between £4,770 and £8,620 plus.

Potential Uses

Naturally, sex puppets like Harmony are used to simulate a human partner for intercourse, but there is more. They could be extremely useful for lonely men who have no opportunities for real sex life. In fact, what drove Dollbanger’s purchase was longing for companionship. This means that robotic lovers like Harmony could be used for good purposes. After all, there are amputees, widowers and disfigured individuals like the first buyer, who struggle to connect with real people. The current price of such companions, however, is prohibitive for most people.