Sex robot festival to be held at London university to promote robot love
Will Grice, The Sun
GOLDSMITHS University in London is set to hold an international conference on sex robots later this year.
The field’s top academics in robo-sex will come together at the south London university to discuss what the future of human-robot-relations hold.
The event dubbed The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots will be held on December 19-20.
Malaysia previously banned the event branding it as “illegal” and “too extreme”, however the event has since become a global sensation, reportsThe Sun.
People are travelling from all over the world to come together to take part in sessions on topics such as humanoid sex-bots, teledildonics (virtual sex toys), intelligent electronic sex hardware and robotic emotions.
Sex robots have come under attack recently with people calling to ban them, however Goldsmith’s computing lecturer Kate Devlin believes we could have a romantic future together with the machines.
“Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men,” she said.
“A machine is a blank slate — it is what we make of it. Why should a sex robot be binary? What about the potential for therapy? It’s time for new approaches to artificial sexuality.
“Cutting edge research in technology and ethics is vital if we want to reframe ideas about the human-tech relationship,” she said.
Ms Devlin has previously penned an essay in The Conversation in defence of sex robots. In particular, she took issue with a campaign led by European academics Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing who argue that sex robots should be banned because they reinforce existing inequalities.
While many will dismiss the idea of people having sex with robots as anything other than a dirty fantasy, Dr Devlin is adamant we shouldn’t be so quick to turn down the idea.
“I think robots could become our lovers in the future,” Dr Devlin said. “Does love have to be reciprocated in order to be valid?”
We’ll leave that one up to you.