Robotic intelligence and assistance has become part and parcel of our daily life. But one expert believes and many scientists have predicted the next couple of decades will see humans entering relationships with, and even marrying robots by 2050.
Are sex robots a great development or a dangerous sign of the times? And how about those new gadgets, like an electronic kissing machine? Will marriage to robots someday be legal? The many facets of sex dolls, electronic robots, and new interactive sex toys were the focus of the Second International Congress on ‘Love and Sex with Robots’ conference held December 19th and 20th in Goldsmith’s University, London by the best-selling author and robot expert Dr. David Levy.
Dr David Levy, Author of ‘Love and Sex With Robots’, revealed that with the advancements in robotics and synthetic intelligence the sight of a humanoid taking matrimonial moves will be commonplace within the next 33 years.
“The first marriage will be before, not after 2050. In the next 10 years it is perfectly achievable in software to create a robot companion that is everything that people might want in a spouse – patient, kind, loving, trusting, respectful and uncomplaining.” Dr. Levy said.
According to the UK Telegraph, the use of sex robots to push buttons between the sheets will be considered “socially normal” in 25 years, said experts at the conference. Dr. Levy believes that tying the relationship with the terminator will be such an integral part of digital/modern life, that marriages will have to be recognised by law to make a humanoid conjugal life as legal as our old-fashioned human vowels.
And by the time there are no obstacles, the sex robots we are familiar with will become even more human-like and “kind, protecting and loving”. But one major obstacle in the UK will be the Church (Religion is the reason to oppose same-sex marriage but not human-robot marriage), Dr. David Levy told a packed audience at the second ever Love and Sex with Robots conference in London on Tuesday.
Priest Kara Slade, who was present as Dr. David gave his speech, argued that “human relationships are not the same as chess computer programs”.
Dr. Trudy Barber (an expert on technology and sexual intercourse) predicted that the new trend will ultimately be good for humankind, and it will bring more values to real-time human relationships.
“It could be that we are so busy with our lives, we are so embedded in our technological narrative that the idea of engaging in long-distance sex and robot sex is actually a natural process in our evolutionary cycle,” Dr. Trudy Barber from Portsmouth University said at the International congress on Monday.
However, all scientists and tech experts have warned that widespread use of robots in bed will breed a generation of teenagers who have no clue what real sex is all about. Adolescents risk losing their virginity (especially when engaged in by teenagers) to humanoids and leading up with unrealistic expectations of sex, experts have said. In June, scientist Dr. Noel Sharkey (former United Nations adviser) urged European governments to prevent robotics from being hijacked by the sex industry.