Oh behave! Futurologist Ian Pearson recently released a report in Kama Sutra tandem with Bondara, one of the United Kingdom’s leading sex shops, stating that by 2050, sex with humanoid robots will become run of the mill sexytime practice, while those rich and lucky (?) enough to grab a slice of nice, metallic ass could do so in just 10 short years. It truly is a dream come true. I mean, what person doesn’t want something hard, cold and stainless grinding up against their special place?
Pearson boldly goes so far as to claim that by 2050, not only will human-robot sex be common practice, it will even overtake what will become that antiquated form of human-human sex. Citing the evolution of technology allowing robots to look and feel more like humans, Pearson believes that once the initial reluctance and squeamishness about sexing up a robot subsides, people will fully embrace it just like they did porn. Yes, because the act of watching porn and mounting a robot are very similar pastimes.
As a futurologist, which a quick Google search reveals is very much a real profession specializing in the field of futurology, or exploring predictions and possibilities from the future based on our present, Pearson breaks down a handy timeline between present day and 2050, highlighting landmark moments in sexual revolution of robo love making. By 2030, he notes that virtual sex will usurp causally surfing the Internet for porn, and that by 2035, many will have a souped up sex toy in their night stand that can interact with virtual reality sex.
“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,” Pearson said. “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.”
Gazing into the future may just be Pearson’s strong suit, because there’s already a lot of advancement going on in the pursuit of making a fully functional sex robot. Matt McCullen, a sculptor of the RealDoll, is working with a team to add robotics and artificial intelligence to these life-like dolls in order to create a sex robot that will arouse someone using it beyond a physical perspective, granting the sex robot a quasi-soul that can elicit emotional and intellectual curiosity and reactions from those who use it. It’s all about creating the illusion that the sex robot is having a good time and is feeling just as euphoric as a human would. McCullen isn’t too concerned with realism of his body of work; he’s actually avoiding it. He believes if his dolls push past the artifice of being just an adult sex toy, it would be off-putting.
I’m of half a mind about it. On the one hand, it’s a great way to endorse a sex positive attitude. After all, no one should feel ashamed about what they like sexually, so long as it isn’t illegal or morally wrong. On top of that, sex robots can’t get pregnant, they don’t carry disease and they’re specifically designed for your pleasure. On the other hand, do we really need more technology and toys pushing us further away from our fellow man, making us that much more socially inept? I don’t know about you, but I’m just not quite ready yet for the inevitable petitions of people wanting to legally marry their sexy mechanical companions, or the flood of divorces citing cheating and irreconcilable differences because a foxy little robot got in between someone’s holy matrimony.