DANGER, WILL ROBINSON: Don’t have sex with robots, expert warns

ROBYN BECK Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines poses with his company’s “True Companion” sex robot, Roxxxy, in 2010. Having sex with robots is a really bad idea, according to ethicists. As New Jersey-based True Companion gets ready to launch the world’s first sex robot with artificial intelligence by the end of the year, a group of experts on Tuesday mounted a campaign with a grim warning: the bots could encourage and intensify the objectification of women and children. “We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women,” U.K.-based ethicist and Campaign Against Sex Robot leader Kathleen Richardson told the BBC. At first, Richardson, who also works at De Montfort University as a robot anthropologist, thought…


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