The Oldest Profession Hits The Technological Age…
The oldest profession known to man, but not the profession with the finest reputation, a profession that goes by many a colloquial name, but that most coin prostitution. It has been reported that, in recent years, thanks to more tolerated attitudes towards the more commercial aspects of sex and the greater availability, that people using prostitutes has increased.
Now whilst most point the finger at men, and whilst they do make up the majority of clients using prostitutes regularly, there is a core clientele that is female, be them business women or just lonely, they are users of a service that has stood the test of time despite the illegal nature and onw which will still stand in the future… It’s what the future holds that is the enlightening ingredient of this sojourn into the more frowned upon side of sex.
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov developed these long standing rules of Robotics back in the 1940s, to which a further law was added to precede the Three Laws.
A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
So if robots are destined to keep us from harm, what about if they become destined to give us pleasure? Michelle Mars and Ian Yeoman of the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand propose a future in which sex robots for hire populate the sex worker industry. Come 2050, they envision the sex industry could be revolutionised by these state of the art sex robots or robot prostitutes. In pushing the boundaries of plausibility Mars and Yeoman have struck upon something that could indeed have forms of merit. From a humanistic perspective this new disease free landscape would also tackle the growing sex trafficking market across the world. Rises in human trafficking and the growing risks surrounding Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases could, in this sector of the sex trade, potentially be eradicated as this new era of sex robots as prostitution takes hold.
Now add in already developed and popular Red Light Districts such as Amsterdam or cities like Las Vegas where it is legal and this technological breakthrough could see a rise in tourism, as Mars and Yeoman point out, “Amsterdam would probably be the safest and best sex tourism destination in world and all the social problems associated with sex tourism would disappear overnight.” Imagine a future where brothels, bordellos and windows are filled with synthetic yet realistic sex robots, all created to appease what is inherently a base and animalistic urge. Most men that use prostitutes do just that, use them, a lot don’t get any pleasure from such, they just vent their basic selfish animalistic urges whilst leaving their wife at home. So with the potential advent of these sex robots for hire, the risk of passing infections onto loved ones would diminish significantly.
But what could these sex robots potentially do? It is a robot after all; Mars and Yeoman propose that the robots could effectively offer a full range of services including massages, lap dances and full sex. Whether this would vary between client to client from the Porn Star Experience to the Girl Friend Experience remains held in a field of speculation and conjecture. But the risks across the spectrum would be significantly reduced; the sex robots would be made of a bacteria resistant fibre and extensively cleaned after use as to not transmit infections from user to user. Whilst some may turn their noses up at such, it is no different from a sex worker seeing several different clients over the course of an evening; the robots would just lower the risk of infection transmission. But what these sex robots will potentially lack is that level of humanity which could inevitably hamper the burgeoning industry, as human stereotypes of robotics come to the fore.
Yet, the use of sex robots is just technological progression at its base level, think of it along the level of a masturbatory aids and how they have progressed. From your right, or left, hand through to vibrators, dildos and fleshlights; masturbatory aids are the biggest sellers in the sex toy arena. Rises in sales in Real Dolls and the hiring out of sex dolls in countries such as Japan adds credence to the potential market out there. So these new sex robots would technically be the extension and the technological progression of masturbatory aids and sex dolls; but in a life like, albeit robotic, form; an array of “sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features.”
Don’t get too enthused, this is still technically still conjecture, but with man’s desire to break the boundaries of technology and basic animal desires inherent within everyone do not be surprised to see sex robots for hire come 2050.