THE growing sophistication of creepily real sex robots is leading to moral and legal dilemmas, a leading academic has warned.
Prof Mackenzie specialises in areas such as robotics and the ethical and legal relations between humans and robots.
She said: “Sex, law and ethics will never be the same. Sooner than we think, technologists will create sentient, self-aware sex robots, capable of emotional/sexual intimacy.”
“Sentient, self-aware sex robots created to engage in emotional/sexual intimacy with humans disrupt this tidy model.
“Ethicists, lawmakers and manufacturers treat robots as things, but future sex robots are more than things.
Advancements in technology has meant that these fake ‘women’ can now have realistic, lifelike characteristics and functionality.
A recent report, called ‘Our Sexual Future with Robots’ by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, looked at a variety of issues the advancement sex robots will bring – one of which was the possibility of these sex robots being raped, or being programmed to simulate disturbing rape fantasies.
The report stated: “On the one hand, if a sex robot is designed to resist sexual advances such that their use constitutes a simulated act of rape, then building them puts the user in relationship with the act of raping a woman.
“It exhorts and endorses rape. On the other hand, building a robot that is passive or elicits sex is ethically problematic for what it communicates to the broader public about women’s sexuality.”
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