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Some of you might have heard about this over the past couple of days, while others (like me) might not have been aware. Today, during a routine conversation, my friend mentioned “robot brothels”. At first, I did not think much of it (another sci-fi thing that might, or might not happen in a couple of hundred years). (What happened to everyone having a robot slave do their house work?) But after a moment I said: “Wait, what?” “Yea, you haven’t heard? In Houston.”
Now, that I have done a little bit of research, it all started coming back to me. Well, not the Houston situation, but others. But let me start at the beginning.
Apparently, a Canadian company, which already operates such a “clubhouse” in Toronto, wanted to open a “house of robot pleasures” in Houston, Texas. However, it all came crashing down when an inspector found there was no permit for the demolition of an old building and the construction of a new one. That holdup allowed the city ordinance to vote, and unanimously agree that sex of a human with a robot should not be represented by a business. It is worth noting that the dolls/ human resembling robots are not banned altogether. One can do whatever they want in the secrecy of their own bedroom, but the city of Houston does not want a robot whorehouse to be a reality.
Let me confirm your assumptions. Yes, this was meant to be a place where men would go to perform sexual acts with a women-like robot. Those machines have body parts imitating the likes of women. But they are not just lifeless devices. Oh, no. They have a bit of AI, having voice recognition capabilities like Alexa, or Siri. Supposedly, some of them can even change their facial expressions depending on what is being said, or done to them. Their “bodies” are coated with silicone, and equipped with heating devices, which are to simulate body heat. Some of them are able to be “seduced”, having “pleasure” sensors all over their body. How is that being measured, though?
If you choose to buy such a device for yourself, you will be looking at a $2,500 – $5,000 bill for a single doll. Half an hour with the doll (if you do not buy it) in the establishment in Toronto costs around $60-80, which appears to be much more affordable. It is like a house – you can either buy, or rent. Even thought the dolls are said to be sterilized after each encounter, every client is encouraged to wear protection to decrease the chance of contracting an STD from the pleasure toy.
“The companies behind these devices are confident that they’re doing something good for the world—easing loneliness, providing comfort, offering an outlet for certain fantasies that are unacceptable to enact with another human being”
The debate is not only on the topic of: “Is it alright to have sex with robots?” It is much deeper than that. Depending on which side you are on, your views will differ. Some people say it is a shift for the better, some think it will bring more problems.
Women are mainly the focus here.
With #MeToo trends and rape talks, it is hard not to stop and wonder about the future of consents. Having sex with a robot would allow men to forgo asking for any type of consent. Some people see it as a good thing. If a man does not get a consent from a woman, he will just go and do what he wants to do with a robot. But is that what women really want? Will robots replace women in the bedroom altogether? Those who oppose are afraid that men will get so used to not asking consent that they will not ask it even when engaging in relations with a human female.
The dolls enable men to live any and all fantasies that they might not be able to fulfill with their human female partners. Again, some people say that it’s better if a man lives out a rape fantasy with a robot instead of an actual human being, while others say that such unlimited potential will just stimulate more hunger for the real deal.
There are people who are concerned about the growing objectification of women. A life-like doll is just that – a doll. Humans have more substance to them. It is feared that men will become more animalistic, and more disrespectful towards women.
It is believed that such brothels would curb sex trafficking and prostitution. Because there would be less of a demand for real females. What do you think?
What do you think about such intimate relations between a man and a robot?
Do you think that would help, or hinder society and its growth?
What effect do you think that would have on men and women? Respectively and on their mutual relationship.
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