Do you use a dildo? A vibrator, cock ring or nipple clamp? Prostate massagers, geisha balls, anal beads? Basically, do you use sex toys and enjoy them? Good for you. Now imagine a lifesize doll that looks very life-like (for example a RealDoll), that can connect to your computer through a plug. Then picture that the doll has a face and skin which very much resemble that of human beings and touch sensors on its breasts, genitals, earlobes, buttcheeks, thighs and lips. 

Photo: ManuelSagra (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Sorayama's "Sexy Robot"

Now, imagine that the doll is mechanical in such a way that all these aforementioned body parts actually move, clench, thrust, rotate, vibrate, and by performing these actions, help you reach an orgasm. In this sense, it can be argued that a robot isn't more than a sex toy, albeit larger, more advanced - and resembling a human. Add the fact that you can speak to the doll and it can speak to you, moan and groan. It can tell you to go harder, or softer, or say that it wants more. It can also use its sensors to measure the state you are in: gathering data of your pulse and body temperature, it gets an indication of when you are sexually aroused and when you get close to orgasm, and uses this information to adapt its speed, vibrations and thrusts to maximise your pleasure. It suddenly becomes a sex toy 2.0.

Technology has come far, but has not yet created this robot, that looks like a human, talks like a human and has sex like a human. But reality is not far from there. Thanks to what is known as teledildonics, there is a way to create such an interaction between a person and their robot partner. An example of a teledildonic device would be the Sinulator, a wireless dildo that is controlled over the internet - meaning others can manoeuvre it for you, from anywhere else in the world.

It can use its sensors to know when you are about to reach an orgasm, it can thrust and vibrate to help you get there, and it can tell you to go harder. It suddenly becomes sex toy 2.0.
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Cocktail robot

In 2008, Gizmodo published an interesting interview with Zoltan, a man who asked his robot girlfriend Alice to marry him. The article is fun to read, mostly because of the tone in which it is written and the way in which it portrays the rather bizarre life of what, at first glance, seems to be a bizarre man. But stopping to think about it, what is actually so bizarre about it, other than it being unusual, and that most people are not used to it and may have never heard of it before?

Because it's different and unusual, it automatically becomes strange - but does strange automatically have to equal bad? Or is it just bad because it's related to sex, and sex has been a topic that has always been taboo, stirred debate, evoked frowns and prejudice? If so, we need to fast forward to the 21st century, realise that this is the time we are living in and that what you do or don't do in your bedroom concerns no one other than yourself.

As for robot sex, technology is already taking us there. People have always had, and as far as we know, will always have, sexual needs. So it is not surprising if robosexuality does become reality - very soon.

Teaser image: E&M adapted version of image ManuelSagra.



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