Sex robots to storm into the British bedroom within ten years

Sex robots to storm into the British bedroom within ten years, by Henry Bodkin.

Sex robots could become a staple of the bedroom within ten years as the devices become more lifelike and affordable, a leading computer scientist has warned. …

The former advisor to the United Nations on robotics said he knew of at least 14 companies in South Korea and Japan that were manufacturing and marketing “childcare” robots, and he warned that the growing capability of so-called sex robots means they are likely to enter mainstream use within years.

Emotional problems with robots are already occurring:

Professor Sharkey said there was evidence that companion devices were also being use by parents to keep their children company. Research from California indicated young children had emotionally bonded with the humanoids, and that in some cases this had resulted in “serious attachment disorders”. …

“You have to worry about people’s dignity. These robots are deceiving them and fooling them into thinking they love something that can’t love them back.”