Roxxxy is the first true sex robot, according to an article in CNBC in November 2015. [CNBC, Nov. 4, 2015, Should you have sex with robots? Experts weigh in], made by a company called True Companion, the company is now rushing to get this robot out on the market as soon as possible.
Fig. 11-1: Sex robot Roxxxy, the first of its kind.
The reader can probably predict how the “expert” panel discussion went. One of the experts suggested that intimacy with a robot should be encouraged.
"We talk about the biggest killers in our society being things like heart disease. I actually wonder if one of the greatest killers of our age is loneliness. Now, machines can be a conduit towards not being so alone, towards getting some sort of emotional response, even if it's from a machine," Nell Watson, a futurist at the Singularity University in Silicon Valley, told the audience at Web Summit.
"I think machines can be a way to repair the hurt and trauma [from broken relationships] in ourselves," Watson said. [Ibid. op. cit.]
We can’t say that this came as a surprise; the Controllers want us to get away from family life and real intimacy, and the more humanlike the robot is, the more likely people are to buy them. The new goal of the Controllers is almost written on the wall, “One sex robot in every home!”
Another scientist said that robots could be a teacher for those who have problems communicating or being a part of society. What he and others fail to realize is that robots create disconnection from society, not integration. For a lonely person, the robot will become a best friend, and eventually, when society has come closer to the Singularity, these lonely people will turn to robots out there in society for comfort, rather than a human being. On the other hand, soon all psychotherapists will be AI anyway, so there will not be an issue; there will of course be “therapy robots,” “psychiatry robots,” and “counseling robots,” programmed and self-educated to a point where they can always give the “right” answers.
Kathleen Richardson is a senior researcher in the field of ethics of robotics at the U.K.'s De Montfort University, and she believes that therapy with a robot can be helpful, but…,
"If a robot was in a therapeutic context with somebody...then that might be helpful, but you've got to remember...people are saying you can have this as a substitute and in the future it might be a replacement, and that's when we get into very dangerous territory," Richardson said. [Ibid. op. cit.]
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