Jay Richards: Japan brings the morality of robotic sex to a head
If you’ve checked the Drudge Report at all in the last year, you’ve already seen the news. Sex robots are here. Or almost here, anyway.
Life size, inert sex dolls have been around for a while, but have stayed in the shadowy fringe world of sex toys and other perversions. Sex robots are a much bigger deal. Want proof? National news outlets have stories about them almost every day, and Matt Drudge links to them.
The technology could change life and marriage as much as the Pill and legal abortion did. And not for the better.
Of course, some of the hype is due to the belief that computers will soon become conscious persons, like we are. That’s science fiction.
Don’t think of sex robots as conscious androids. They make use of artificial intelligence. Picture the responsiveness of a Google search that users can adapt to their own personalities. And tweak for their own personal fantasies. Plus voice command. And lifelike “hardware” with thousands of options, which looks and feels like human skin, not like Rosie the Robot maid from the Jetsons.
No Big Deal?
For years, scholars have been prepping the soil for this. Way back in 2007, computer scientist David Levy wrote a whole book about it. In Love and Sex with Robots, Levy set out to convince readers that we really shouldn’t worry about it. We love our pets, right? What’s so bad about having a “relationship” with a fancy robot, especially in a world where we tolerate all manner of sexual deviancy? Who knows? Once these bots resemble real people, maybe sex and marriage with them will be better than the real thing.
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