back to article Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

Well over a third of men would happily splash out on a humanoid sex robot in the near future, academics have found - despite there being no viable product on the market right now. Researchers from the University Duisburg-Essen quizzed 263 chaps on their robo-amorous leanings, and co-author Jessica Szczuka presented their …

  1. Mutton Jeff

    Rise of the sexbots?

    Fnarr fnarr!

    1. TheVogon Silver badge

      Re: Rise of the sexbots?

      "already burning holes in men’s pockets"

      Maybe low friction pockets are required?

      1. DropBear Silver badge
        Flame

        Re: Rise of the sexbots?

        Big surprise there - since they're obviously not going to be plugged in, what else do you imagine they would be running on if not Lithium batteries?!?

        1. Smooth Newt
          Thumb Up

          Re: Rise of the sexbots?

          Given the war on pornography currently being waged by the British Government, religious fanatics, South Carolina legislators, and the rest of the self-appointed guardians of other people's morals, can you imagine the furor that significant takeup of practical humanoid sexbots would generate.

          I don't know what the angle will be - "think of the children" probably won't work, perhaps some imaginary severe damage to health or society.

          1. LaeMing Silver badge
            Boffin

            Re: Rise of the sexbots?

            @ Smooth Newt - STOP IT! Or you'll go blind!

            Greg didn't wear his safety-glasses. Now he doesn't have to --->

          2. Rattus Rattus

            @ Smooth Newt

            '"think of the children" probably won't work'

            Of course it will work. It will work because people in general are morons and claiming that something is "harmful to children" is the quickest way to shut down genuine discussion. Or if you want to actually discuss it, are you one-a them thar "Peter-files"?

            Also, fuck moral guardians. Literally, figuratively, I don't care. Pricks that they are.

            1. TRT Silver badge

              Re: What would they be running on?

              Clockwork?

  2. fajensen Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    I want one.

    Specifically, I want a sex-bot that cooks and cleans too.

    1. ratfox Silver badge

      Re: I want one.

      For the cooking and cleaning, it's probably cheaper to just hire a maid.

      1. Jonathan 27 Bronze badge

        Re: I want one.

        I don't trust maids. I'm personally MORE interested in the idea of cleaning robots than sex robots.

        1. Paul Crawford Silver badge
          Coat

          Re: I want one.

          "I don't trust maids."

          But you would trust an android sex robot cum cleaner instead?

          Just imagine what extra info Google will be able to slurp from its users?

          Yes, it is well past the time I should be getting my coat =>

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            1. DougS Silver badge

              Nevermind your wife

              I'll bet Gemma Chan, whoever she is, would mind it even more.

    2. Andy Non

      Re: I want one.

      To be realistic, the AI would need to nag you into washing the dishes etc.

      1. bombastic bob Silver badge
        Devil

        Re: I want one.

        you reminded me of Harry Mudd and the original Star Trek. His X wife ('Stella?') and the gift that Kirk and the others left for him...

        "Nag-bot"

    3. TheVogon Silver badge

      Re: I want one.

      "Specifically, I want a sex-bot that cooks and cleans too."

      That model already exists. Codename is W.I.F.E. - Which stands for Washing, Ironing, Fxxxxxx, etc......

  3. NotBob

    Seems like exciting research.

  4. tiggity Silver badge

    probe the uncanny valley

    As per title

  5. gypsythief

    “it could be imaginable that clients who pay a lot for sex robots are aware of the fact that robots are non-human, which could prevent their ejaculations from falling into the uncanny valley.”

    Assuming the "uncanny valley" is the same as Leonard Cohen was talking about when he wrote

    "Those holy hills, that deep ravine"

    Of course, that was followed by the line "I was never any good at loving you..." which doesn't bode well for a happy <span class="strike">finish</span> ending!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "well for a happy <span class="strike">finish</span> ending!"

      if you expected to show "well for a happy finish ending!"

      Use opentag strike> finish opentag /strike>

      where opentag is the character <

      1. gypsythief

        Odd, as from El Reg's "House Rules":

        Currently we allow: ... and [span class="strike"]stricken[/span] ([strike] was dropped in HTML5).

        But does your way work? No it doesn't! Yes it does!

        So that'll teach me to always never RTFM.

  6. Anonymous Blowhard

    "someone needs to actually invent a viable sex robot before things move from wish list to shopping list"

    Maybe, but I bet you can patent one in the US...

    1. Eddy Ito Silver badge
      Devil

      Just think, it's a whole new arena for patents. They'll just take all the existing ones and add "on a sexbot" such as Method of Swinging on a Sexbot.

      Hmm, the sexbot icon needs rounded corners. -->

    2. BongoJoe

      Maybe, but I bet you can patent one in the US...

      But without any nipples, of course.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "But without any nipples, of course."

        Are belly buttons (navels) still obscured too? An episode of British TV series "The Avengers" had a large jewel inserted in Mrs Peel's for the USA's censors' sensitivities.

        http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/british-television/91995-avengers-4.html

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If they look like the ones in 'Humans'

    I'd be first in the queue!

    1. Andy Non

      Re: If they look like the ones in 'Humans'

      My luck I'd end up with Heather, the psychotic droid.

    2. Vic

      Re: If they look like the ones in 'Humans'

      I'd be first in the queue!

      Indeed. I wondered if these results are skewed by having seen Gemma Chan...

      Vic.

    3. Rattus Rattus

      Re: If they look like the ones in 'Humans'

      Phwoar, yeah, that stern NHS model! ...Oh wait, you were talking about Mia, weren't you? :P

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    overly attached with their cars

    I've always found suspicious that videos of women washing a car are considered sexy, as opposed to say washing windows. There's an obvious link to the usual assumptions of inverse proportionality between the size of a bloke's car and that of his wedding tackle...

    1. Tikimon Silver badge
      Mushroom

      Washing venues

      Washing windows, most women will stand pretty much upright and away from the glass. When washing a car, there's a lot of bending over, plus the option to mash the bosoms on windows while soaping up the roof.

      The best example I can think of is this scene from the classic movie "Cool Hand Luke", where a woman teases the convicts with her car-washing technique. Were Hollywood honest, every one of them would have sported a raging woody.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veCZvM6-okQ

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Washing venues

        "The best example I can think of is this scene from the classic movie "Cool Hand Luke", [...]"

        The best example I can think of is this scene from the classic movie "Debbie Does Dallas"

        FTFY

        1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

          Re: Washing venues

          I could not find the "Bring it on" car wash fund raiser on you-tube. I remember "My brother wants to check out your rack", but I cannot remember if he buys a windscreen wash.

          1. Tony S

            Re: Washing venues

            @ Flocke Kroes

            Ref: "Bring it on". Just for you - enjoy!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsCB7suQiZM

            BTW, he bought the full car wash; his vehicle was covered in mud because he liked to "drive hard"!

        2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

          Re: Washing venues

          Have you seen the smoking performance of Liv Tyler in One Night at McCool's ?

  9. Pete 2 Silver badge

    Another story here?

    “For this purpose,” the researchers continued, “the robots do not only provide replications of some secondary sexual characteristics (e.g. breasts), but also external genitals (e.g. labia). ... to move ... and speak.”

    As the researchers note, “At present, there is no sex robot available that is suitable for the masses and that provides all the features listed above.

    The conclusion (assuming this isn't just the result of a clumsy use of language) is that there IS such a device, but that it's not "suitable for the masses". Did the researchers accidentally let slip that they had such a device, but wanted to keep it for themselves?

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Another story here?

      No, they have a working sex robot but it is only suitable for people who want to have sex with a cross between a 3D printer and a rack server

      1. David Roberts Silver badge

        Re: Another story here?

        Oh baby!

      2. annodomini2
        Gimp

        Re: Another story here?

        Giggity!

      3. AceRimmer1980
        Coat

        Re: Rack server?

        Got to be at least a 50UU

    2. Simon Harris Silver badge

      Re: Another story here?

      "external genitals (e.g. labia). ... to move ... and speak"

      Not only do you get to have sex with it, but it can also perform The Vagina Monologues for you.

  10. frank ly Silver badge

    Anything can happen and it does

    " ... perhaps becoming overly attached with their cars, for example ..."

    NSFW: Try a YouTube search for "man sex car exhaust". Really.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Not searching for that

      But isn't there a difference in circumference?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Not searching for that

        "But isn't there a difference in circumference?"

        You have led a sheltered life?

    2. I Am Spartacus

      Re: Anything can happen and it does

      Get a va-va-vroom

  11. Tikimon Silver badge
    Gimp

    In addition to perils, these could solve a lot of problems.

    Consider that good sexbots could replace human sex workers. No more pimps pushing vulnerable women into drug addiction, etc. The same thing will be argued as about porn - causes nasty behavior in otherwise vanilla people, but I (most of the time) disagree. Rather than a gateway drug, such things mostly give people an outlet for urges they already had.

    I'll go out on a limb here, if you disagree please spare me flames. It uncomfortably seems that pedophiles are programmed that way, much as the rest of us are in our particular sexual orientation. Which totally sucks, because you can't cure them and you can't allow them to mess with kids. Telling someone they cannot have sex at all never works, look at Catholic priests and similar. Although I cringe to think of it, you could give pedos sexbots and spare a lot of real kids from trauma and abuse.

    As far as Average Folks, most of us have some interesting fantasies that we don't indulge for various reasons. Happily married but the spouse is totally vanilla. Partner might not want sex at all (more common than you might think). Lack of a partner. Multiple-partner sex is a common fantasy, but somewhat dangerous and awkward to indulge. Rent up a few bots though, and no chance of disease, hurt feelings, or lurid stories being told about you at lunch the next day.

    But of course, we'll have to wait for the Real Thing to see how the chips fall. Gimp mask becoz Obvious!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: In addition to perils, these could solve a lot of problems.

      Tikimon>>Although I cringe to think of it, you could give pedos sexbots and spare a lot of real kids from trauma and abuse.

      Seems unlikely; in the UK at least it is illegal to possess sexualized drawings of children.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: In addition to perils, these could solve a lot of problems.

        "Seems unlikely; in the UK at least it is illegal to possess sexualized drawings of children."

        Where the definition of "children" is a depiction of anyone who is, or who looks, under 18. So any such figures would have to look well into their twenties to stay clear of over eager law enforcers.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: In addition to perils, these could solve a lot of problems.

          "Where the definition of "children" is a depiction of anyone who is, or who looks, under 18. So any such figures would have to look well into their twenties to stay clear of over eager law enforcers."

          Its a sad situation when this is the case, where a mere drawing can be made illegal...

          And can we stop calling anyone under 18 a child? If we treat people under 18 like children, they will act like children..... And in the case of politicians, they never stop...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: In addition to perils, these could solve a lot of problems.

      "or lurid stories being told about you at lunch the next day."

      They'll either be hacked or a hirer will make sure they log their activities on video with sound.

    3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: "good sexbots could replace human sex workers"

      You know that won't happen. However good sexbots may become, there will always be a market for "natural" interaction.

      That's the thing with porn and the sex industry, nothing replaces anything, anything new is just added to ever-growing list of things we do to satisfy our compulsions.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: In addition to perils, these could solve a lot of problems.

      "Consider that good sexbots could replace human sex workers."

      Yet another job taken away from people by automation. Wake up, people! Teh robots are coming for yer jerbs!

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cheap bots to solve over population?

    Does this suggest that making affordable sex bots is the solution to over population? Even those in otherwise happy relationships would rather given a suitable alternative not be

    1. naive

      Re: Cheap bots to solve over population?

      If humanity gets wiped out by robots, it probably will not vanish due to raging terminator like robots but the ones with an eternal smile, no headaches and the empathy to be the perfect partner.

      The part of humanity that can afford afford a robot perfectly capable to replace a human partner in every aspect of life, will not bother anymore wasting time with moody humans, and probably will not feel the need to reproduce.

    2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: Cheap bots to solve over population?

      The poor country equivalent of a pension fund is grand children. When there is a high child mortality rate, parents go for lots of children in the hope that one or two of them can produce grand children that survive long enough to look after their grandparents.

      Reducing child mortality, and providing access to contraception and education causes parents to switch to a strategy with fewer children. It is safer for the mother and concentrating resources fewer children who are expected to survive results in healthier children with an education good enough for a higher paying job.

      On the other hand, policies intended in increase crushing poverty provide a steady supply of sex workers and remove the need to create sexbots. (Try a web search for "Trump modelling agency")

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Cheap bots to solve over population?

      The Roman Catholic Church would do their best to outlaw such robots. They would maintain their official stance that sex is only for procreation between a married man and woman couple. That's why they ban reliable artificial contraceptives and masturbation. They would also invoke dogma against fornication, adultery, and same sex practices too. The relatively common practice of using anal intercourse for contraception in poorer countries is probably unapproved too.

      No doubt some Protestant religious groups would go along with most of that too - as well as limiting education about sex.

      Even Pope Francis's apparent criticism of a Philippines woman having "too many" children was clarified as being effectively "three is the minimum - and more is better as long as the mother doesn't die prematurely".

      http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/01/20/its-hard-not-to-take-the-popes-remarks-about-big-families-personally/

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Devil

        Re: Cheap bots to solve over population?

        "ban"

        so effective... lawl

      2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        Re: "The Roman Catholic Church ..."

        The RCC has next to no influence on that issue where people have the means to purchase sexbots.

        In poor countries, however, it does have that kind of influence but they wouldn't be able to purchase the bots anyway. You could probably find some "massage parlors" offering them though, if there's one thing Catholics are good at it's openly hating something while secretly using that very thing.

  13. ElectricFox
    Boffin

    Imagine the potential leaks

    Pay us not to release the data we hacked from your dirty sexbot...

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: Imagine the potential leaks

      Always remember to delete the browser history log files.

      1. Speltier

        Re: Imagine the potential leaks

        I do imagine that. Definitely get the self cleaning 'bot...

    2. veti Silver badge

      Re: Imagine the potential leaks

      Pah, I switched its default password with my TiVo's. So if you used "chunkyLover53" to hack it, all you're going to see is Simpsons reruns.

  14. 8Ace

    Not in the UK ...

    .. I'd bet everything I have that they would be banned as objectifying women or something like that. Can't have the girls thinking they are redundant other than for procreation.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      Re: Not in the UK ...

      To right, that's a mans job to be redundant....what with dishwashers, automated lawn mowers, our numbers up once the sperm maker is invented.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Not in the UK ...

        "[...] our numbers up once the sperm maker is invented."

        Getting there.

        http://phys.org/news/2016-04-scientists-skin-cells-human-sperm.html

    2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Not in the UK ...

      In Scotland they would be banned and put you on the sex offenders registry.

      I don't know what happens to Scottish women who have a little mechanical assistance ?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Not in the UK ...

        "In Scotland they would be banned and put you on the sex offenders registry."

        Do Scottish stag nights still end with a cow milking machine attached to the groom?

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge
    3. Rattus Rattus

      Re: Not in the UK ...

      Yep, remember that male sexual desires are disgusting and shameful. Now pass that vibrator...

  15. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Ex Machina

    As long as they all look like Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina then I'll be quite happy to part-ex the wife in.

  16. danR2

    I suspect there is (in general) an inverse relationship between knowledge about programming and AI and interest in 'sex' with robots. Blow-up dolls are appealing to many for the very reason that they don't intrude on mental fantasies with any simulated (=fake) sexual behavior.

    It is the very fantasies that are real. Robots can only get in the way.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      > blow-up dolls are appealing to many ...

      Sales of blow-up dolls are tiny compared with sales of female targetted sex toys (tiny fractions of 1%).

      I'd bet that we are much more likely to see commercially successful "sex-bots" for "girls" a long time before we see them for "boys". As they'll grow out of increasingly sophisticated vibrators.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Build a sex robot that cries, plays Richard Curtis movies and dispenses calorie free Red wine and men are redundant.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          > Build a sex robot that cries, plays Richard Curtis movies and dispenses calorie free Red wine and men are redundant.

          Since my first wife kept reminding me 'Never let your man forget he can be replaced with 7" of plastic and 2 batteries' I think we already are.

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            >Since my first wife kept reminding me 'Never let your man forget he can be replaced with 7" of plastic and 2 batteries' I think we already are.

            Well the battery life on those cheap 7" Android tablets probably isn't upto playing all of "Love Actually"

            1. TRT Silver badge

              Never let your man forget he can be replaced with 7" of plastic and 2 batteries

              How's your ex-wife's shelving holding up nowadays?

      2. Chris G Silver badge

        "As they'll grow out of increasingly sophisticated vibrators."

        Just got a wierd mental picture of girls planting rows of dildos, and watering them.

        Re the article, yet another piece of research with an absurdly small sample which according to the numbers quoted are for 'over 1/3 of subjects questioned not 2/3.

        Surveys and statistics play a part in research, but are not really research in their own right without a much larger sample spread over a number of countries, economic and social classes etc etc .

        Personally I don't have social issues with women, many of whom are more desirable than a robot, the next pussy I am likely to buy will be a Maine Coon.

        1. MonkeyCee Silver badge

          Sex surveys

          Slightly off topic, but sex surveys are one of the handy tools to show just how inaccurate surveys are, especially when dealing with anything that is not the norm to be publicly discussed.

          Durex does surveys into people's sex lives, as part of their market research for selling condoms. For straight people, apparently men have on average 3-5 times the number of partners (over a lifetime) than women, based on survey answers*. Since proving that the average number of partners for both genders** in this section of the population is equal is trivial, it's clear that some combination of the following factors:

          - people lie about their number of partners

          - people have different definitions of "sex", such as counting (or not) oral-only partners

          - men with low numbers and women with high numbers do not answer the survey

          It's also one of the more fun examples to give in class when showing that self selecting surveys will almost always miss data. CPI basket of goods selection is far more important (wealthy people do not answer it) but less interesting to show that you can clearly see incorrect results.

          * exact rate depends on country, NZ being the only place where the ratio is roughly 1:1.

          ** This is for straight people who've only had partners of the opposite gender

  17. Empty1

    ".....happily splash out on....." Oh yes....

  18. User McUser
    Joke

    Warning from the Future (rama)

    DON'T!

    DATE!

    ROBOTS!

    This PSA brought to you by The Space Pope

  19. moiety

    Well over two-thirds of men would happily splash out on a humanoid sex robot in the near future

    They found that a stonking 40.3 per cent of the sample said they would “buy such a robot now or within the next five years.”

    Have I missed something here? 40.3% -according to my calculations- is nowhere near 2/3. 2/3 would be 66.6% and "well over" would be a number in excess of that.

    1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Perhaps "near future" is ten years.

      1. moiety

        The article has since been ninja-edited to read "well over a third".

  20. J.G.Harston Silver badge

    As a straight man I'd prefer a gyndroid.

  21. Speltier

    Coolidge Effect

    The sexbot needs to have morph capability, to avoid the titled Coolidge Effect. Plus positive feedback.

    The mind boggles at what people will decide their morphing sexbot to appear as.

    1. Doctor_Wibble
      Trollface

      Re: Coolidge Effect

      > needs to have morph capability

      Made of clay and with a squeaky voice?

    2. Suricou Raven

      Re: Coolidge Effect

      You could make extra money on the rework service. Return your sexbot annually for servicing - and for an extra fee, we'll let you switch the appearance to any of our library of stock faces, builds and skin colors. More extreme mods available, but in the 'if you have to ask' price range.

  22. Cynic_999 Silver badge

    A more achievable solution ...

    A realistic AI is a long way off. However, you don't need that at all. All you need is a realistic mechanical body to use as a physical avatar. By placing suitable sensors on both the human and the local avatar s/he is interacting with, the remote avatar can be arranged to mimic all the muscle (and hydraulic) movements of that human, corrected for differences in size & shape between the human and the remote avatar s/he is controlling. A duplex audio link can also be included. This will make it possible to have extremely realistic (and anonymous risk-free) sex with someone else via the Internet.

    I'm fairly certain that the technology exists to make a mechanical body that has the same movement capabilities, skin texture and temperature as a person. Facial & tongue movements are probably the most challenging, but I doubt insurmountable.

    1. Suricou Raven

      Re: A more achievable solution ...

      Muscle wire, perhaps. There's no way you could fit the power supply in there too with anything approaching current technology, so you'd have to have an umbilical plugged into the back carrying compressed air, power and data lines. It could be done, yes, but the cost would be greater than is commercially viable.

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: A more achievable solution ...

        The human partner's kinetic energy could be 'harvested' and reused. Just an idea.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A more achievable solution ...

      "[...] skin texture [...]"

      People's skin erogenoous zones are not totally predictable. That little muscle kick you see when you find one would need a lot of sensors/actuators over the whole skin surface.

    3. veti Silver badge

      Re: A more achievable solution ...

      You wouldn't use hydraulics. Electric motors are more than capable of all the movement you need. Hydraulics are expensive, messy, heavy and power-hungry.

      Leave them out, and you also solve the power supply problem, because now you just have to find a space for a decent sized battery, which could easily fit inside the ribcage, skull, and/or perhaps inside the thicker "bones".

      1. Loud Speaker

        Re: A more achievable solution ...

        Hydraulics are expensive, messy, heavy and power-hungry.<P>

        You are doing it wrong. You don't have to use the same technology as JCBs! However, I think pneumatics would be the best approach. And an umbilical cord is probably the best approach to power - I would prefer mine was not mains powered.

      2. Rattus Rattus

        Re: " expensive, messy, heavy and power-hungry"

        You've just described someone's ideal partner!

  23. GrapeBunch Bronze badge
    Devil

    There was a song for that

    Data Control and IBM

    Science is mankind's brother

    But all I see is draining me

    Of my Plastic Fantastic Lover. - Jefferson Airplane, 1960s.

    Oh, and 40% =? two thirds? They're rounding up.

  24. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Terminator

    Westworld!

    I could go for one of the fem-bots from there, especially if it coos "Not much of a rind on you."

    The whole shooty-shooty consciousness thing is a turn-off (for me at least) though.

  25. TeacherMARK

    Sign me up. No matter what they cost, they'll be cheaper than the real thing. So long as they don't talk, I'm in.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    is this what things will come to?

    Surprised no-one's posted this link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8yMMjVGTTc

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: is this what things will come to?

      Thanks for that video link. It is amazingly well done.

  27. thomn8r

    "Shut up and take my money!"

  28. x 7

    Shagging my -ex had all the romance of screwing an unfeeling machine. Sex with a robot would probably be more fun

  29. David Roberts Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Wierd study

    A balanced study would have included women, at a minimum.

    Sounds like a scheme to create a brothel not a sex partner for your own home. I don't really like the idea of an exploitable female analog either. No doubt great fun for the rugby club, but if you can freely abuse a machine designed to look and act like a woman then the lines could get very blurred.

    Some code of conduct might be required - inhuman rights act, perhaps?

  30. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Joke

    Showroom chat

    Jump on and take it for a ride

    All prices are inclusive of sex-bot excise duty for a year and a set of fully charged "quickie" batteries.

    Long endurance, all night long battery packs can be supplied at extra cost.

    Yes, the "Not tonight I have a headache" mode can be disabled via the App

    And over here we have our preloved models

  31. a well wisher

    "Rent up a few bots though, and no chance of disease,"

    Are you sure ?

    Rental cars I'm a bit less fussy about , after all I only sit on the seats,

    But I'd want some sort of guarantee of a full hygiene valet of a rental sexbot !

  32. Sleep deprived
    Happy

    What's next? Robo-porn?

    Time to add a new PornHub category

  33. hatti

    I'd buy one with a Dalek mode setting.

    INSEMINATE! INSEMINATE!

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    i often wondered, if given the chance, how i'd like to die

    now i know its at the hands of a sex robot

  35. Brian Allan 1

    I think ultimately the percentage in favor will be considerably higher. Women have their vibrators. Men would like an AI sexbot!

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