You can already purchase a very realistic sex doll, and it will set you back about $7000, but it’s inanimate, cold, and silent.
Next year, Abyss Creations will be releasing a sex robot which will talk, vibrate, be warm to the touch, and have human-like genitals, and will cost around £12,300 ($15,000).
The machines are the next step in the mounting intimate relationship between humans and technology, the Metro reports.
TV shows like Humans and the new Westworld have prepared us very well for the scarily realistic predictions about love and sex with robots.
David Levy author of Love and Sex With Robots, wrote in the Mail on Sunday:
This coming wave of sex robots will be humanlike in appearance and size. They will have human-like genitals. And they will allow intercourse according to their owner’s sexual orientation and tastes.
We can expect the first ones to resemble the current RealDolls, a range of expensive but extraordinarily detailed silicone sex dolls made in America, but with more ‘functionality’. This will be comparatively limited at first – some basic words, some simple movements and vibrations in response to touch.
The real point, though, is this: as time goes by they will become ever more lifelike as technology advances and new material becomes available and affordable.
Not long ago, sex columnist Karley Sciortino, put a male sex doll to the test, and enjoyed it…
Levy believes that human-robot intimacy will become hugely common, resulting in marriage between man and machine.
The sex industry has whole-heartedly embraced robotics, with robot brothels set to come to the UK.
RealDoll already produce incredibly life-like synthetic dolls which are marketed on their website in a very human way, using phrases like ‘connect with a real doll’, blurring the line between artificial and real human qualities.
Levy gave great insight into the ways that people have already shown propensity to engage in relationships with technology, whether it be through flirting with Siri or have deep conversations with AI bots online.
The Youtube video ‘Making *Siri* Talk Dirty!’ has 1.3 million hits and it’s sequel reaches 2.2 million.
I’ve no doubt some will find it creepy, but we can be clear on this: the arrival of sexually responsive robots will have enormous consequences. We have already seen rapid changes in human relationships thanks to the internet, mobile devices and social media. That same proliferation of technology has also brought about an explosive increase of intimate encounters of every kind that we can experience on our screens.
The next major advance will enable us to use our technology to have intimate encounters with the technology itself – to fall in love with the technology, to have sex with robots and to marry them.
The founder of sex robot pioneer Abyss Creation, Matt McMullen, is very keen for people to develop emotional attachments to robots and their characters.
The very interesting question of whether having sex with a robot is cheating has been raised, with people claiming it is no different to using a vibrator.
Though I think it’s quite different to a non-humanoid sex toy.