Woman Single-Handedly Spearheads Campaign To Protect Rights Of Sex Robots

Screen shot 2015-09-15 at 2.04.09 PMWe recently told you about Sinthetics, the $25,000 life-like, “individually handmade” male sex dolls taking the internet by storm. Now, one woman is making it her personal mission to stop people from engaging in sexual intercourse with these kinds of robots.

“I started thinking, ‘Oh, no, something needs to be said about this,'” Kathleen Richardson, a senior senior research fellow in the ethics of robotics at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, tells the Washington Post. “This is not right!”

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Richardson has dedicated her academic career to researching sex robots and the harmful impact they’re having on humanity, particularly the sex industry.

“I propose that extending relations of prostitution into machines is neither ethical, nor is it safe,” Richardson says. “If anything the development of sex robots will further reinforce relations of power that do not recognize both parties as human subjects.”

That’s right, Richardson fears if people continue doing it with robots they’ll lose the ability to differentiate between machines and humans and, in the process, forget how to empathize with one another. Or something.

“These robots will contribute to more sexual exploitation,” Richardson says. Not only that, she adds, but companies will begin manufacturing sex robots that look like children. In fact, they probably already are!

“It’s a new and emerging technology,” she cautions. “Let’s nip in the bud!”

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The robot sex industry, however, is displeased with Richardson’s crusade.

Douglas Hines, CEO of True Companion, told the BBC that his company isn’t trying to exploit anyone, nor does it want to replace people’s real-life sexual partners.

“This is a solution for people who are between relationships or someone who has lost a spouse,” he said. “People can find happiness and fulfillment other than via human interaction.”

Tuthor of Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, David Levy, added that he believes love with robots “will be as normal as love with other humans.”

“The number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended, as robots teach us more than is in all of the world’s published sex manuals combined,” Levy proclaimed.

But Richardson isn’t buying.

“It’s important that we have a debate about this,” she says. “Einstein’s theory of relativity–it didn’t have to turn into the atom bomb, right?!”


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