Once again, the possibility of life-like sex robots is making the news. We’ve heard this before, but this time it seems close – a robotic doll that looks and (kind of) feels like a women that is programmed for our sexual pleasure. It may not be quite there yet, but imagine a sex doll that actually looks and feels like a women (or a man), interacts with you verbally and physically and performs a whole range of sex acts… from the vanilla to the off-the-chart kinky.
Current models certainly do not live up to this expectation – they seem pretty plastic and the interaction are ridiculously simple and contrived. But never bet against porn when it comes to innovation. Humanity’s desire for sex and war have stimulated pretty much every major innovation of the 20th century. We may not have figured out how to cure cancer or feed the poor, but if the US military industrial complex decides it wants sex-bots, goddamn it, they’ll figure out how to get them.
All this to say… I think we’ll get there. You’re dream android sex toy is just around the corner.
But do we want to get there?
Granted, there is something viscerally appealing about coming home from a hard day at work to a sex-bot in sexy lingerie, beer-in-hand, with no other purpose than to service your every need. But I fear I’m somehow debasing myself. While it might brighten my Tuesday evening, I fear it would be killing my soul.
We live in a world where more of our interactions are becoming electronic and impersonalized. Sex aside, I worry sometimes that we are not connecting with people as deeply as we used to. Texting, emails and snap chats seem to be replacing hanging out at the coffee shop. I don’t think this is a good thing. As David Rakoff once said, humans are creatures of touch. We crave connection… true connection.
So… sexbots. I have nothing against an occasional dalliance with an electronic orgasm-maker. It might actually be fun. But if its too good, I fear it may be too tempting as a full-time replacement for the harder-to-attain, but much-more-fulfilling real human connection.
If the sexbots really do realize their spectacular potential will many guys (and girls) simply decide that spending evenings in with the sexbot is more fun (and easier) than getting out to meet real people. This would be sad.