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Sex­ual free­dom is grow­ing faster than Bey­oncé/Jay-Z breakup ru­mours—and hav­ing a part­ner isn’t even manda­tory. Psy­chol­o­gist and futurist Dr. Karen Moloney says tech­nol­ogy is de­moc­ra­tiz­ing sex by mak­ing it “eu­phoric, harm­less and af­ford­able” for all. “These tech­nolo­gies al­low peo­ple who may never find sex­ual part­ners—the shy, awk­ward, iso­lated and dis­abled—to ex­pe­ri­ence good, healthy sex.” And there’s a safety ad­van­tage to on­line and re­mote sex: “You can’t get preg­nant, catch an STD or be as­saulted,” she adds. SEXBOTS (sex ro­bots with in­ter­ac­tive touch sen­sors) boast life­like emo­tions (or­gasm moans!) and phys­i­cal­ity (thrust­ing!), ren­der­ing the per­pet­u­ally sur­prised blowup doll ob­so­lete. A 2014 re­port from Wash­ing­ton­based think tank Pew Re­search claims that ro­botic sex part­ners will be­come com­mon­place by 2025. CY­BER­SEX al­lows for pointof-view or “gam­ing”-style in­ter­ac­tion with porn char­ac­ters and toys that sync with the movie. No HPV scares there. MIND SEX— the same tech­nol­ogy that al­lows am­putees to move pros­thetic limbs with their thoughts—will soon al­low you to get your prover­bial rocks off. RE­MOTE SEX al­lows part­ners to keep in touch (lit­er­ally) no mat­ter where they are. Tech com­pa­nies are al­ready be­gin­ning to cap­i­tal­ize on the trend. LovePalz has de­vel­oped toys that con­tain “an air pump that repli­cates the move­ment and pres­sure ap­plied by a part­ner, of­fer­ing a re­al­is­tic repli­ca­tion of love­mak­ing.” And Ki­iroo, founded in 2013 in Am­s­ter­dam (natch), po­si­tions it­self as the “pi­o­neer in the world of teledil­don­ics,” bring­ing phys­i­cal sen­sa­tion into the world of vir­tual re­al­ity. Choose from the com­pany’s two de­vices: the Onyx, a sleek tube with “10 con­tract­ing rings,” or the Pearl, a vi­bra­tor with five tac­tile rings of its own.

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