Dr. Helen Driscoll, a senior lecturer at University of Sutherland, claims that only is robot sex coming, but that robophillia will be the new norm. And she’s not alone. Dr.Ian Pearson and reasearcher David Levy have also suggested that robotic relationships are coming, and might overtake human-human ones.
This idea has been approached in media before: the film Her has a man falling in love with an AI assitant program, Humans has a bona fide sex robot, and Futurama covered the entire thing at least once. But Driscoll suggest it might not be entirely fanciful.
“As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being,” the good doctor says.
Certainly, several companies have agreed. From Intelliegent Sex Dolls, RealDoll, and others have started production on sexbots, aiming to make one that behaves as if ‘she’ enjoyed the sex.