Date with a sexbot Stroke Saman­tha and she will sug­gest get­ting in­ti­mate... of course, you have to switch her on be­fore you can turn her on

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that they share the doll in bed. itsa says it’s not strange. “If in a riage the man doesn’t al­ways sat­isfy wife, his wife has a sex toy,” she says. ask her if their cre­ations ob­jec­tify men. “I think fem­i­nists have more or­tant is­sues to be wor­ry­ing about,” itsa says. “I don’t think the doll is g any harm. I don’t think she ob­jecs women. I don’t think just be­cause man has a doll sud­denly he’ll run nd think­ing women are dolls.” o who buys one of th­ese dolls? eo­ple like to think it’s peo­ple who re lonely, who can’t form re­la­tion­ships, have prob­lems so­cially – but it’s not like that at all,” Dr Sergi “You could be mar­ried and want to spice up your sex life, and we’ve had cou­ples, the age range is very wide.”

The sex-tech in­dus­try is worth an es­ti­mated £23bil­lion a year, in­clud­ing sex toys bought by women. Sex ro­bots are be­com­ing the ul­ti­mate sex toy, and more ac­cept­able, in the way that “mar­i­tal aids” have moved on from seedy back-street shops to the high street.

What does it say about the fu­ture of hu­man re­la­tion­ships? Are we mov­ing into a world where we can choose not to have any face-to-face hu­man in­teracin­sists. tions at all? Will more peo­ple be happy to ad­mit they own a sex robot?

Dr Sergi be­lieves it will be­come nor­mal to have one in the home.

Saman­tha has an en­ter­tain­ment mode and even a “fam­ily” mode. “Fam­ily mode means ba­si­cally that she’ll be­have in a way that she will not look like a sex doll. She can tell you jokes, give health tips and mo­ti­va­tional quotes. She’s quite funny to be hon­est,” he says.

Maritsa says when Sergi was car­ry­ing the robot down­stairs and she was switched to en­ter­tain­ment mode, “she re­minded him to do some weight train­ing”.

There’s a lot more tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment ahead, but based on what de­vel­op­ers like Dr Sergi San­tos are com­ing up with now, we are per­haps around 20 years away from the cre­ation of a walk­ing, talk­ing, think­ing an­droid, that we could ac­tu­ally fall in love with.

As the sci­en­tists and en­trepreneurs race to make ro­bots we can get re­ally close to, the fu­ture of love, sex and re­la­tion­ships is get­ting closer.

■ On As­sign­ment, ITV, 10.40pm tonight.

SEXBOT MAKER

I am the Robin Hood of sex. Men need it and I give it to them

DR SERGI SAN­TOS

ND a base BREAST WORLD An­gus with Dr Sergi and his ro­bots

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