Well we all knew it was simply a matter of time before robots were being used in all aspects of life. And those of us that could ‘swallow’ that ‘hard’ fact also knew that sex robots would one day make guys who buy blow up dolls look like they’re totally living in the past! But fear not balloon fornicators, I just checked with the future almanac, sex dolls of any kind are still depressingly creepy no matter what year it is.
So what does this mean for Vegas? Well for one, the oldest profession was never worried about robots before. Think about it. I’ve never heard a prostitute finish, pick her head back up from underneath the steering wheel and say, “Gee, I hope an android doesn’t replace me some day.”
Recently, io9.com, a future oriented based website, release an article discussing just this. “Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the University of Wellington’s Victoria Management School explore how robotic prostitutes could provide a solution to many of the problems associated with the sex trade, namely human trafficking and the spread of sexually transmitting infections.”
A big part of their research does show positive results when it comes to human sex trafficking – especially in high sex tourism locations such as Amsterdam’s Red Light District. But let’s not start stripping down and celebrating the salacious R2D2 way just yet. Their research also raises a number of unanswered questions. “They wonder whether sexual mores might be different where robotic prostitutes are concerned.” Yeah, right up until they program a really judgmental one. Also, “would spouses view sex with a robotic partner as cheating, or as a form of masturbation akin to using a vibrator? Would people be more open and honest about paying for sex with robots than they are about paying for sex with humans? If robotic prostitutes could be program specifically for female pleasure, would we see equality between men and women patronizing these automated brothels?” I’m sure you can come up with many more questions. I know I have a couple of my own that didn’t make the list. How about you’re a straight guy who only bends over for your silver buddy Simax? Does that make you just electronically gay? And if a robot gave you something… would we still call it a virus? hehe
Listen, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve had sex robots for years. We just referred to them as porn stars. Believe me, I’ve been ‘around’ them in every way possible. Some have a few wires loose, and others need an overall hardware update. So when you think about it, all we did was add a cord.