AI developments could improve sex for millions of people
There is more to the developments of AI robots than getting a rush from shooting or screwing a character at a Wild West resort.
These advances could totally transform the sex lives of individuals whose experiences were limited or cut off by circumstances beyond their control.
"For human sexuality," Cole says, "there are a number of positives we can look forward to; including robots as sexual surrogates to help with premature ejaculation and dysfunction (think like Masters' and Johnson's work, but with AI). For couples with different sex drives or different fetishes, for people who struggle with sexual taboos like pedophilia and violent urges but don't actually want to act on them, and to help play out fantasies such as threesomes."
Sleeping with a robot wouldn't necessarily constitute cheating, either
"People will think sex with a robot is cheating according to their individual sexual values," Cole says. "For me, robot sex has the potential to satisfy both a physical and emotional urge. On the surface, it looks like just another tool to increase the quality and pleasure of sexual experience. Will it increase curiosity? Playfulness? What sorts of attachments will we develop in relation to a humanoid?"