Human-robot sex coming ...
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Hang onto your stomachs …


From the quality press in Britain ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ne...eport.html

By 2050, human-on-robot sex will be more common than human-on-human sex, says report

Can you imagine having sex with a humanoid robot? Apparently, this will be the norm in a few short decades. Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson has released a report in which he predicts the future of sex.

He released the report in partnership with Bondara, one of the UK's leading sex toy shops.

Dr. Pearson makes the point that robotic sex toys - vibrators - have been in use for around a century, and that virtual reality porn is about to become mainstream.
So, what really is the taboo around sex robots - which have got some campaigners incredibly fired up?
What is the future of sex?

In the report, Dr. Pearson writes:

By 2030, most people will have some form of virtual sex as casually as they browse porn today
By 2035 the majority of people will own sex toys that interact with virtual reality sex
We will start to see some forms of robot sex appearing in high-income, very wealthy households as soon as 2025
We will start to see robot sex overtaking human-human in 2050
Leisure spending could grow by a factor of five, and the sex market in 20 years could be three times bigger than today and seven times bigger by 2050.
Sex toys will account for a UK market of over £1bn

He makes the point that augmented and virtual reality technology are in development, with Oculous Rift being due for release in 2016.

As with the internet - over a quarter of internet searches, according to the report, are related to pornography - this will almost certainly be used for sex.

Some think that the ethics of watching virtual reality porn - simulating sex acts with a fake, 3D person - are no different than the ethics of having sex with a robot.

The market is going to grow as new technologies for sex develop

People are constantly looking for new ways to spice up their sex lives. This is proven by the fact that the sex toy market has been growing by 6% every year.

Dr. Pearson says: "That rate of growth can’t continue forever or it would soon be our entire spend, but underlying economic growth could stay around 2% for the next few decades at least, tripling incomes, and basic survival will take a smaller share of thatdue to automation and other technology reducing costs.

"That means that leisure spending could grow by a factor of five, and the sex market in 20 years could be three times bigger than today and seven times bigger by 2050."
As the offerings become more diverse - so, when technology such as virtual reality and sex robots go on the market - people will be willing to spend more.

Why do we feel weird about sex robots?

Perhaps because they aren't mainstream. It's the belief of Dr. Pearson that, like porn, once a lot of people use it and it becomes normalised, people won't be freaked out by it anymore.

This belief is shared by sex robot developer Matt McMullen, who has made it his life's work to develop something that can turn humans on emotionally and physically.
"While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot sex as soon as they can afford one, as early as 2025, it won’t have much chance of overtaking sex with humans overall until 2050."
Dr Ian Pearson

McMullen uses a phrase called the 'uncanny valley' - he believes that if a sex robot is too human-like and too realistic, we get put off. He thinks it's more effective to keep them slightly unrealistic.

He said: "A moving doll is different from a, you know, detailed-to-the-finest-skin-pore copy of a person — and then making it move, for me, is a little off-putting,
"If you keep it far enough away from super-realism, I think you're in safer territory."

Dr. Pearson is of the opinion that when robots improve in terms of look and feel, people will be less squeamish.

He said: "A lot of people will still have reservations about sex with robots at first but gradually as they get used to them, as the AI and mechanical behaviour and their feel improves, and they start to become friends with strong emotional bonds, that squeamishness will gradually evaporate.

"While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot sex as soon as they can afford one, as early as 2025, it won’t have much chance of overtaking sex with humans overall until 2050."
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That's...bizarre.
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#3
>:( Just what we need, a thread all about hi tech perversion as if the "normal" type weren't bad enough.
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#4
I can't imagine anyone who has actually had good sex with a real woman before would be interested in a robot. Seems like it's one more excuse for guys to live in fantasy .
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That's kinda funny and gross… and sad, I guess. As I wouldn't give much attention or credibility to a “futurologist”, this, like other utterly infantile pursuits like transhumanism, seems to be a trend among some folks. And of course, one shouldn't be surprise if one reads that sex with robots is the stuff of daily life for years in Japan.
Joking aside, this reminds me of an article Dreher wrote earlier this year. Now, take these things into consideration and compare with the traditional Catholic view of sex, expressed in, say, von Hildebrand's works. Looks like we're not even talking about the same species of animal, doesn't it?


(10-12-2015, 01:16 PM)formerbuddhist Wrote: I can't imagine anyone who has actually had good sex with a real woman before would be interested in a robot. Seems like it's one more excuse for guys to live in fantasy .

Guys and girls, I suspect.
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#6
Sex with images and inanimate objects is probably already more common than people having sex with people.
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The Japanese already make "realistic" dolls that you can buy.  I don't think that they are super popular.  I doubt that this sort of thing would appeal to many people.
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(10-12-2015, 02:28 PM)GangGreen Wrote: Sex with images and inanimate objects is probably already more common than people having sex with people.


THIS … alas ...
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There's no shortage of people, so I think people are still having plenty of sex.  However I think people's mental health would be better if they stayed married and didn't divorce so much -- but that's probably too hopeless to worry about. At least it's inspiring to hear that the divorce rate has actually declined a little in the US.
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(10-17-2015, 04:49 PM)Southerncaliforniaguy Wrote: There's no shortage of people, so I think people are still having plenty of sex.  However I think people's mental health would be better if they stayed married and didn't divorce so much -- but that's probably too hopeless to worry about. At least it's inspiring to hear that the divorce rate has actually declined a little in the US.

The divorce is declining because people don't bother even getting married anymore. It's the loophole that Europe's been exploiting for years. So the break-ups and broken families are still there, just the legal marriage formalities have been removed.
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