In what is probably the strangest news I have heard all week, researchers from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand predict that we could see synthetic prostitutes as soon as 2050.
Futurist Ian Yeoman and sexologist Michelle Mars penned a paper entitledRobots, Men, and Sex Tourism in which they highlight the possibility of robot sex clubs and red-light districts laden with androids. The two researchers stress that the greatest benefit of robotic sex workers is their ability to completely eliminate all “human fluids”, which significantly reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
Now, I think there are much better ways to spend $9,500, but the idea of almost entirely eliminating the danger and, additionally, the emotion from sex intrigues me - would these truly gain popularity? Most of us are already treat our cellphones and computers like third limbs, and with the added trend of isolation only increasing in breadth, making the leap to physical bounds could revolutionize how our culture views sex and the sex industry entirely. If the research is correct, it won’t be long before we find out.