A new generation of sex robots could provide a valuable service for many, including the elderly and disabled, but experts say they could also create complex ethical problems.
In a report published on July 5 the Foundation for Responsible Robotics said that “android love dolls” (FRR) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) will bring a revolution in sex and help a large cross-section of society.
It also warned that the increasingly life-like robots would create complex issues, both in their use, their effect on society and human behaviour.
The highly customisable dolls are near human to the touch and can cost between $5,000(4,411€) and $15,000(13,235€).
What are the dolls’ benefits
A.I. dolls could act as companions for lonely, disabled or elderly people and others that would otherwise find it difficult to have intimate relationships.
The benefits could be even further reaching if the robots are used to aid people undergoing sexual therapy, helping them to come to terms with their experiences.
Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, FRR co-director and assistant professor of ethics and technology at the Technical University of Delft, said: “If we are talking about individuals who are not only disabled but have been traumatised, in some ways this could be a beneficial instrument, if you will, to help them in their (sexual) healing process.”