A new study from Finland suggests that people view sex with a robot more kindly than they view sex with a human prostitute.
The effect is maintained even when the customer is married.
While the exact causes of these opinions remain unknown, several proposals have been made. They may well serve as ethical guides going forward.
Robot sex dolls are a thing now. A proposed robot brothel in California is in the crowdfunding stage, Chinese scientists are pitching lifelike dolls as the solution for a society with a shockingly skewed gender ratio, and a TV show including sex robots as characters is watched by millions. Regrettably, philosophical investigation into the ethics around sex robots has not kept up with the tech or culture. A new study carried out in Finland may help to close the gap, though its findings raise as many questions as they answer.
Regrettably, philosophical investigation into the ethics around sex robots has not kept up with the tech or culture. A new study carried out in Finland may help to close the gap, though its findings raise as many questions as they answer.
Puts me in mind of the debate over whether anime child pornography should be acceptable because no real children are harmed.
Should homicidal psychopaths be provided with a steady supply of lifelike sex robots that they can rape, torture, and murder? At first glance, that would certainly seem preferable to having them prey on the populace. Do we pay a societal cost if we facilitate an evil that's universally condemned even if there are no "victims"?
But things get much stranger when you realize this isn’t the first time a can of bear repellent has exploded in an Amazon facility. In 2015, the fire department responded to an accident at an Amazon facility in Haslet, Texas, that was caused by a robot running over a can of none other than bear repellent, according to public records unearthed by Jessica Bruder for her book Nomadland, which chronicles the lives of the retail giant’s older, transient workforce.
The New Jersey incident wasn’t even the first bear repellent accident at an Amazon facility in 2018! One employee at an Amazon warehouse in Indiana told WIRED that a can ruptured in his facility earlier this year. The worker says that accident was caused by someone dropping the can, and they believe no injuries occurred. ...