Sex robots usage rise ‘could encourage domestic violence’

The demand for sex robots has already driven the products into mass production as the sexbot craze continues to take over the globe.

And brothels across Europe are even offering kinky dolls instead of real women. But experts are now warning that the rise in use of sex robots could encourage domestic violence in real life relationships with human women.

Sex robot technology is rapidly advancing, with new updates regularly emerging.

But experts say rapid changes in AI development along with increasing demand means there is a need to consider the ethical implications of sex robots on cognitive and emotional behaviour.

Farhad Udwadia, a medical student at the University of British Columbia and a graduate of Harvard Medical School's Masters of Bioethics program and Judy Illes, a professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia, have revealed some horrifying implications of the rise in use of the revolutionary cyborgs.

“One of the ethical problems that accompanies the widespread use of robots is the potential for reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes.

“This can occur both through [their] appearance and through the roles programmed into [their] identity,” the experts explained.

The experts say “physical appearance reflect widely held stereotypical expectations of women's beauty — for example, large breasts and a small waistline.

“Such overly sexualised stereotypes about what a physically attractive woman should look like are dangerous.

“Studies have shown that the hypersexualised portrayal of women in media is linked to sexual harassment and an increase of violence towards women.

"The construction of sex robots in such a manner reinforces negative ideas about identity and roles in sexual relationships."

According to the company that created the world's first sex robot with artificial intelligence, cyborg Harmony’s main objective is to be the perfect companion for her user.

"But sex robots have no likes or dislikes, no strong opinions, are unable to refuse or revoke consent and always submit to their users,” the experts said.

“This distorts ideas of what a female companion's role ought to be and could influence the expectations of male users in real life.”

The sex robot industry is almost exclusively catered to the needs of heterosexual men. Lawyer Sinziana Gutiu said: “The sex robot is an ever-consenting sexual partner and the user has full control of the robot and the sexual interaction."

In other words, users can do whatever they like to their robots with no repercussions.

Farhad Udwadia and Prof Judy Illes said: “The concern is that if human-robot relationships continue to play out in such a manner, there is a possibility that the way users view and practice consent in their human relationships could shift, with negative consequences for women.

“Acts of violence towards sex robots have also been observed around the world over the past few years.

“These include incidents of decapitation, mutilation and molestation.

“For individuals who might be inclined to act in this way, the availability of a robot to violate could feed these behaviours.

“Research shows that men who have been exposed to violent pornography are more likely to behave violently towards women in their lives.

“Compounded by the fact that an actual sexual relationship is much more immersive than watching pornography, the potential for aggressive behaviour to carry over into society is worrisome.”

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