Foundation Of Responsible Robotics Warns Against Prospect Of Sex Robots

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The “Foundation For Responsible Robotics” recently released a report warning against the prospect of sex robots.

The Report

Researchers from the “Foundation For Responsible Robotics” are warning against the prospect of sex robots, based on their most recent study. Noel Sharkley, the lead scientist, said society has to properly consider the effect of “the different types of sex robots,” specifically calling for the ban of robots that look like children.

“We do need policymakers to look at it and the general public to decide what is acceptable and permissible,” he said. “We need to think as a society what we want to do about it.”

What Else Does It Say

The report also looked into whether the sale of sex robots helped reduce sex crimes.

“On one side there are those who believe that expressing disordered or criminal sexual desires with a sex robot would satiate them to the point where they would not have the desire to harm fellow humans,” it says. “On the other side, many others believe that this would be an indulgence that could encourage and reinforce illicit sexual practices.”

“This may work for a few but it is a very dangerous path to tread. It may be that allowing people to live out their darkest fantasies with sex robots could have a pernicious effect on society and societal norms and create more danger for the vulnerable.”

“Treating pedophiles with robot sex-children is both a dubious and repulsive idea,” Patrick Lin said. “Imagine treating racism by letting a bigot abuse a brown robot. Would that work? Probably not.”

“If robots don’t have rights, then they don’t require consent for us to treat them in a certain way, whether it’s kicking them or having sex with them,” they said in the report.

“But again, we could still be obligated to seek consent, even if they don’t have rights. If it’s important to society that we teach people that sex requires consent, then it’s not absurd to build in those norms in human-robot interaction. We’re socially conditioning people to act in better ways. So, consent here isn’t about the robot per se, but it’s about what our action says to society.”