AS Artificial Intelligence technology continues to advance, many may be wondering about the moral implications of sex robots, and how they would affect society.
But an ethics expert has claimed that sex robots will actually be good for society, as humans advance when presented with a variety of options.
CorbisAn ethics expert has claimed that sex robots will actually be good for society[/caption] FacebookNeil McArthur believes they could be a positive thing[/caption]
In a piece for Men’s Health, Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba director Neil MacArthur explains that sex robots will help address “intimacy and sex inequality.”
MacArthur believes sex robots would help people who don’t have access to sexual partners because of a variety of factors such as age, health, or “level of conventional attractiveness.”
“We talk a lot about access to education. We talk a lot about access to healthcare,” MacArthyr told the outlet.
“Why do we care about those things? Health is a human good, education is a human good, knowledge is a human good. Well, sex and intimacy. Those are human goods in the same way.”
GettyWhile robots are already a reality, the technology is not good enough yet for sex robots; the closest thing we have are more like sex dolls[/caption]
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Opponents of sex robots have expressed concern that this accessibility would breed social isolation, as robots would be an easier option than humans.
But MacArthur disagrees with that notion, arguing that humans don’t necessarily always choose the easiest option.
“We default to variety, and this is also how we advance our lives and our careers – by choosing hard over easy by ourselves,” he explains.
Additionally, MacArthur says, humans want reciprocated desire, something robots can only hope to one day mimic.
While robots are already a reality, the technology is not good enough yet for sex robots; the closest thing we have are more like sex dolls.
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For MacArthur, stigmas about sex robots are harmful because they are an obstacle to research.
“I think it could be a really exciting future. Or, we could not have the conversation, or have it in a very narrow way, and then we’re just going to be trapped in a very slow moving and very uninteresting future.”
And it appears many are open to the idea of sex robots indeed.
According to a recent study, two in five people said they were open to the idea of having sex with a robot.
In fact more people prefer to be intimate with a sex bot (37.5 percent) instead of having casual sex with a human lover (30.1 percent).
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