Digisexuals: Who Are They and Why Do They Believe in Sex With Robots?
The rise of sex robots has academics studying whether people will even need human intimacy anymore. What with the endless hordes of sex robots on the horizon.
I’m sure we’ve all been seeing the advancements of sex robots lately. With AI Robot Sophia actually being declared a citizen of Saudi Arabia this October, and a brothel that changes it’s location every night in Barcelona where the women have been replaced by sex robots!
Brothel owner Sergei Prieto said, “Customers come to seek new sexual experiences and new ways of living sex. Like us, they believe that this is the beginning of the sex of the future”, and it’s being suggested that even more is to come in a new report from ethics researchers Neil McArthur and Markie Twist of the University of Manitoba.
The report suggests, “There is no question, then, that sexbots are coming. Our view is that they will represent a different sort of sexual experience from what existing technologies offer. First of all, people will form an intense connection with their robot companions.” The idea is that these robots are able to feel touch, communicate thoughts, and personalize how it interacts with you as it gets to know you.
Right now a customized doll can cost between 5 and 15 thousand dollars, with more advanced models that respond to human emotions costing significantly more than that. But they’re suggesting that this will even bring about a sexual identity much like heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, etcetera.
Before now you could look up digisexual and find fanfiction based on Digimon, but now it appears digisexuality will be used to describe someone in a relationship with their sex doll.
McArthur and Twist suggest that digisexuality will be positive and negative. Positive for those who’ve experienced sexual trauma in the past, or for anyone who has extreme difficulty making human connection. Negative for anyone suggesting they could be used to entirely replace human intimacy and even socializing at all. They warn that psychologists should get prepared for people dealing with their digisexuality and be well versed enough to approach it in an open way.
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