Would You Have Sex With A Robot?
The Middlesex University conducted an interesting survey among the members of the British public. They asked people about their attitudes towards owning the personal service robots, walking, talking and even sleeping with them. Over 2,000 people answered these questions and the results are somewhat surprising. Forget the Terminator. It turns out that humans don’t have that much trouble imagining a happy future besides their android servants.
Of 2,000 participants, 46 percent felt that technology was progressing too quickly, 33 percent believe robots will one day replace soldiers, cops and teachers and they pose a threat to humanity. That’s not so unbelievable since robots are already doing some simple jobs in the industry.
Next part of the poll gets really weird: 46% of those surveyed admit that they’d get under the covers with a sexbot or – not judge those who choose to do it. Nearly one-in-five people said they were “willing to have sex with an android” and one-in-ten said they would want a child with their robot lover!
Unfortunately, avoiding intimacy with other humans may be expected in the not so distant future. Maybe you’ve heard of the Japanese subculture called “Otaku”, which is similar to “geek” or a “nerd”. Well, besides obsessing with Anime and Manga, some of them opt for relationships with virtual girlfriends in the absence of real ones. However, there’s still hope: 41 percent described this sexual intimacy as creepy, and another 14 percent are against that kind of use of robots.
Middlesex University’s Professor Martin Smith, who oversaw the study, said, “While many of us worry about the role of technology and machines in modern society, robots are increasingly being developed for important roles that will help protect and improve our lives. Though many fear their jobs will be taken over by machines, it is more likely that robots will be used as assistants.”
There is an older, 2013 Huffington Post poll with the similar topic. It showed that people wouldn’t be that delighted having robots care for elderly people, but they would be more than happy getting their house cleaned by one. Most people are ok with robots cleaning their homes, driving their cars or even fighting their wars. What about robots as lovers? Only 9 percent answered they would do it if they could, but they would never admit that.
From 9 percent to almost 20 percent. What happened in just a year? Maybe it’s a different sample of the surveyed people or a true change in attitudes – the time will show. However, according to another 2013 study, 15 percent of adults said that Internet use has led to a decrease in their sexual activity. It seems that we don’t need sexbots for this alarming trend and dying intimacy. Smartphones and Facebook are more than enough.