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be­fore you can turn her on. The real de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to Dr Sergi, is con­cealed in the back of her head. Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence which al­lows the robot not just to talk but to re­act and in­ter­act, de­pend­ing what’s said to her.

But con­ver­sa­tion can be a lit­tle stilted, with some awk­ward si­lences be­tween me ask­ing a ques­tion and get­ting a re­ply.

“It’s be­cause she doesn’t know you,” Dr Sergi says. He claims that the tech­nol­ogy he is putting into sex dolls al­lows them to “learn” what the cus­tomers want and like, and ul­ti­mately build a re­la­tion­ship.

The ro­bots are still pretty ba­sic – they don’t have dif­fer­ent fa­cial ex­pres­sions, their mouths don’t move as they speak. What Dr Sergi has done is es­sen­tially put the type of tech­nol­ogy that brought us Siri and Ama­zon’s Alexa into a sex doll.

Early stages then, but it’s an­other step to­wards build­ing a hu­manoid sex­ual part­ner, the ul­ti­mate aim of the boom­ing sex-tech in­dus­try.

The tech­no­log­i­cal race to cre­ate a sex robot that not only looks and sounds like a hu­man, but can also dis­play the emo­tional range of a hu­man, can raise trou­bling eth­i­cal ques­tions.

Do the dolls per­pet­u­ate an image of women as ob­jects, sub­mis­sive sex ser­vants for dom­i­nant men?

I put some of th­ese con­cerns to Maritsa, Dr Sergi’s wife of 16 years, who also works on devel- op­ing the sex ro­bots. The cou­ple re­veal they even share their bed with one – so Maritsa could be called the woman who helped build her hus­band’s mis­tress.

They sit ei­ther side of the robot on the sofa as I chat to them. I say that some peo­ple may find it odd Mari marr his w

I a wom impo Mari do­ing ti­fies my m arou So “Pe ar

I don’t think just be­cause my man has a doll he thinks of all women as dolls


WIRED FOR LOVE Dolls an­i­mated with in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy ELEC­TRIC LADYLAN Sexbot heads wait­ing to be as­sem­bled at Barcelona LIV­ING DOLL An­gus with one of the sexbot girls

OTHER WOMAN Maritsa with doll

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