Fe­male sex robots more dan­ger­ous than you think

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The ad for Roxxxy TrueCom­pan­ion, a sex robot with pro­gram­mable per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing one called Frigid Far­rah that sim­u­lates be­ing raped, has sparked a moral de­bate about sex­ual as­sault.

Frigid Far­rah does not re­pro­duce con­sent and “al­lows ev­ery­one to re­alise their most pri­vate sex­ual dreams”.

An­other per­son­al­ity, Young Yoko, is de­scribed as “oh so young [barely 18] and wait­ing for you to teach her”. The New York Times re­ported that Abyss Cre­ations in Cal­i­for­nia ships up to 600 hy­per­re­al­is­tic sex dolls around the world every year.

Laura Bates, founder of the Ev­ery­day Sex­ism Pro­ject, con­demned the prod­uct, say­ing that rape was a vi­o­lent crime, not an act of sex­ual pas­sion.

“We should no more be en­cour­ag­ing rapists to find a sup­pos­edly safe out­let for it than we should fa­cil­i­tate mur­der by giv­ing mur­der­ers re­al­is­tic, blood­spurt­ing dum­mies to stab,” Bates said.

“Their cre­ators are sell­ing far more than an inan­i­mate sex aid. They are re­pro­duc­ing real women, com­plete with ev­ery­thing – ex­cept au­ton­omy.”

The robots high­light the reper­cus­sions of nor­mal­is­ing sex­ual crime and, in Bates’ view, the prod­uct wors­ens the mis­un­der­stood area of con­sent.

The Foun­da­tion for Re­spon­si­ble Robotics, founded by Noel Sharkey, a pro­fes­sor of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and robotics in the UK, to ex­plore ar­eas such as how robots af­fect sex crimes, warned of the eth­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions re­gard­ing sex robots. Sharkey found that some peo­ple be­lieved it was bet­ter to rape robots than peo­ple.

A sur­vey by UK com­pany Nesta found that more than a quar­ter of those it sur­veyed would date a robot.

“Robots don’t have any emo­tion. Peo­ple bond with robots, but it’s a one-way street. You’re lov­ing an arte­fact that can’t love you back, and that’s sad,” Sharkey said.

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