The sex robots are coming – and many experts think they’ll become common, so much so that people will end up marrying them.
But is making love to the lifeless body of a machine actually infidelity?
It depends who you ask: a surprisingly large number of us would be totally OK with it – with a poll revealing that 40% of us don’t see sex with a robot as cheating.
Saying that, one in three interviewees said they would be ‘horrified’ if a friend had a relationship with a robot.
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Legally speaking, it’s also not infidelity, according to one law expert – as you’re basically having sex with an appliance, not a person.
Neil Brown, managing director of Decoded Legal, told The Sun, ‘Having sex with a robot does not constitute adultery.
‘Adultery is only conducted between a respondent and a person of the opposite sex.’
Professor Noel Sharkey from Sheffield University, who recently published a consultation report with Foundation of Responsible Robotics said: ‘Robotics and artificial intelligence is a long way off the technical sophistication of the theme park in Westworld, but we’re already seeing dolls being used in the adult entertainment industry and we can expect robots to join them soon.’
Previous surveys have suggested that up to half of men would consider having sex with a lifelike robot.
Writing last year, David Levy author of Love and Sex With Robots said, ‘This coming wave of sex robots will be humanlike in appearance and size. They will have human-like genitals. And they will allow intercourse according to their owner’s sexual orientation and tastes.