Jeff Simmermon sent me the link to his email interview with David Levy, author of Sex with Robots:
What’s interesting about all these interviews and all the media around this book is how many interviewers start from the position of “this is a scary thing” or “this has such potential for abuse.” Questions like “what if the robot looks like a child” and “won’t your partner leave you if you have a robot” and “oh my god what about the children.” I haven’t seen a lot of people asking “how could a sexbot help me overcome the trauma of abuse” or “how could we augment or enrich our lovemaking with these devices” or “will ’sexbot sundays’ replace ’sextoy thursdays’ in our marriages” and so on.
I’m with Levy on this one. I think yes, of course we’ll have a huge backlash of anxiety, but overall the humanoid robots designed for sex are gonna be a lot of fun and not cause any harm to people or relationships. I mean, I’m sure we’ll find ways to break each other’s hearts that involve the sexbots, just like we’ve found ways using the internet, mobile phones, automobiles, and quills and parchment. And the robot angle will give the media a nice hook to hang the same old story on — er, I mean, a new lens through which to understand human beings.
That’s what I plan to use them for. Heh.