Robo-sex? One in five British people say yes

The same poll found that more than a third of people fear robots threaten their jobs

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While it has long been thought that robots are likely to take over many jobs currently performed by millions of workers, a recent poll could suggest they may have another role in the future – as lovers.

According to a recent poll by UK-based marketing research company One Poll, 17 per cent of British people would happily engage in sex with a robot.

The same poll found that more than a third of people fear robots threaten their jobs, while an equal number believe they threaten the future of the human race.

However, the perhaps surprising statistic brings to mind potential issues with such an endeavor, such as whether sex with a robot would constitute cheating, an article in London-based daily The Independent said.

The way of the future?

While a future of sex with robots might seem far off, a U.S.-based company, which goes by the name of “True Companion,” already launched in 2010 what it claims is the world’s first robot sex doll, called “Roxxxy.”

Although Roxxxy’s supposedly sultry appearance could leave something to be desired - resembling “Lady Gaga died having her wisdom teeth extracted,” according to one source – the sex robot’s key selling point is its ability to take on several different personalities according to the owner’s preference.

“She's a companion. She has a personality. She hears you. She listens to you. She speaks. She feels your touch. She goes to sleep. We are trying to replicate a personality of a person,” founder and company head Donald Hines said at the time.

One possible advantage of a future populated by robotic companions and synthetic sex workers is the elimination of human trafficking and sexually transmitted diseases, a 2012 paper from two researchers at Melbourne’s Victoria University wrote, using a reformed future version of the Dutch capital of Amsterdam – a destination famous for its sex tourism – as a model.

“In 2050, Amsterdam's red light district will all be about android prostitutes who are clean of sexual transmitted infections (STIs), not smuggled in from Eastern Europe and forced into slavery,” the paper said. Authorities would then have “direct control over android sex workers controlling prices, hours of operations and sexual services,” it added.

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