Companies around the world are racing to create talking ‘sex robots’ – artificially intelligent love dolls in both male and female forms.
But ‘Samantha’, a voluptuous plastic android, has a rather unique ability which was shown off to academics this week – she can say ‘no’.
The robot has sensors in her skin, and she will switch into lifeless ‘dummy’ mode if she senses aggressive or disrespectful touching.
The bot also has the functionality to remember previous interactions, which will inform future experiences.
But owners will be able to switch Samantha into modes where she’ll be unlikely to refuse them, her creator Dr Sergi Santos says.
Setting for the robot will include ‘family’, ‘romantic’ and ‘sex’. There will also be a ‘very naughty’ mode.
Dr Santos revealed earlier this year he is working on an AI update which means his robots will decide if you’re a good person, with the results affecting the droids’ ‘sex drive’.
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So owners may actually have to ‘chat up’ their sex robots rather than just plugging them in and getting down to business.
Samantha’s creator told Inverse: ‘The algorithm I designed allows for all of that relatively easily. I think it can be adapted easily to do all these things but I need to do them.’
The responsive sex doll currently exists as a prototype and is expected to go on sale in the near future with a price tag of £3,600.
Earlier this year professor Kathleen Richardson, founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots, released a paper outlining the dangers of sex robots and their ‘detrimental impacts on women and girls’.
She said: ‘The rise of sex robots (animated dolls), and the promotion and widespread normalising of sex dolls, epitomised by a growth in ‘sex doll brothels’ in European cities, are an ethically problematic development in society.
‘While sex robots (dolls with robotics or AI features) are not commonplace, we should not be complacent about the rise of sex robots.
‘Rather than see sex dolls and the emerging market in sex robots as harmless ‘sex toys’, we argue that these represent a misogynistic development.’