Sex ro­bots rev­o­lu­tion

The Star Early Edition - - HEALTH -

RE­AL­IS­TIC sex ro­bots will bring about a so­cial and tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion in Bri­tain, ex­perts pre­dict.

While it might seem like science fic­tion, the ma­chines are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated and over the next 10 years re­al­is­tic sex an­droids will be­come more com­mon, sci­en­tists say.

But politi­cians and the public need to un­der­stand and deal with the eth­i­cal is­sues that sex ro­bots will pose to so­ci­ety and re­la­tion­ships.

This was the warn­ing from Noel Sharkey, emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and robotics at the Uni­ver­sity of Sh­effield, and Dr Aimee van Wyns­berghe, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in ethics and tech­nol­ogy at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Delft in the Nether­lands, as they launched a re­port on the is­sue.

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