Sex Could Be AI Robot Sex Dolls In The Future

There was a scene in the 1993 movie Demolition Man where Officer Huxley (Sandra Bullock, who hasn’t aged a minute) asked John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone, who has aged for every minute Bullock hasn’t) if he’d like to have sex. Cue the theme song to The Love Boat. Spartan, who had spent the last few decades literally taking a cold shower, expects physical contact. While he doesn’t get a futuristic robot sex doll machine, he does get a device slipped onto his head while Huxley puts one on hers. This has a name (Sex Silicone Doll), Teledildonics, and could soon become our new sexual reality thanks to advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence.

While most of us currently prefer the hunka chunka to simulated sex, with augmented and virtual reality technologies taking grand leaps every day — this line of development was inevitable. Teledildonics will rely on tactile sensations communicated over a link between the participants. It will also require artificial intelligence software to solidify and nurture that link, providing the stimulation based on learning factors. Because that’s what A.I. does. It learns. Can you imagine a system like Apple’s AAPL -0.60% Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s MSFT -0.53% Cortana or another A.I. system knowing what turns you on? It’s also quite possible those systems will be utilized for the link itself.

At the forefront of replacing humans with artificial intelligence when it comes to sex is RealDoll. The long-standing sex doll company is heading full steam into artificial intelligence for its product line.

“We are building an A.I. system which can either be connected to a robotic doll OR experienced in a VR environment,” said Matt McMullen, CEO of RealDoll in a Reddit AMA. “I think the sex industry is headed for the integration of a LOT of new technology. A.I. and VR, to name a couple. Teledildonics as well.”

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To celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, RealDoll plans on releasing a robotic head. This head would most likely work though an app and let’s be honest — might not even require the body. While this strikes a less than sensuous memory of a certain scene from the literary version of American Psycho, it’s a sad reality of human interaction we might be headed for. Pun intended.

RealDoll is hoping to have the A.I. done within six months and the robotic head done by the end of next year. This implies that the robotic heads will have A.I. embedded within them. McMullen has no illusions to creating totally life-like dolls, but rather wants the A.I. to focus on the experience rather than something out of Ex Machina. “We are designing the AI to be fun and engaging,” he said in the AMA. “More than focusing on whether it can fool you into thinking it’s a person.”

With Teledildonics, it is possible to imagine a world in which we never leave our homes to procure a sexual encounter. Rather, we put on the headset, open up the app and dust off our sex robot. Connections would be made with lovers we know or strangers we don’t. The drama, the mess, the emotions — all removed from sexual encounters to leave something akin to eating a meal or doing the dishes. Sex would become a task, we’d lose the human connection.

That’s a dour outlook, but at the end of Demolition Man Spartan physically kissed Huxley and her brain reacted to this stimuli like it never had to the headset. That gives me hope. That no matter how much artificial sex we have in the world, it’ll never ever be as good as a simple kiss with another human.

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