Robot sex is about to become a thing. With bot technology rapidly advancing, companies are racing to cash in. Believe it or not, some are already taking pre-orders for robots designed exclusively for sex.
I don’t want to sound like a prude, but are we ready for robot sex? And more importantly, do we really need another way to objectify women by stripping sex of its spiritual and emotional core?
Rise of the pleasure bots
On the surface, robots seem like a great idea. Forget about doing laundry, mowing the lawn or taking the kids to soccer practice. Just pick up a robot at Walmart and you can start living your own real-life version of the Jetsons.
But it’s not that simple. Although there are hundreds of positive applications for robot technology, robots can also be used for more nefarious purposes. And those purposes are a top-of-mind concern for ethicists who specialize in the field of technology.
According to a recent Gizmodo report, ethicists are particularly concerned about the use of robots for sex and violence. In addition to implementing a ban on “killer robots,” ethicists are calling for a ban on robot sex, primarily due to its potential impact on the relationships between flesh and blood human beings.
3 reasons why robot sex is a bad idea
Robot sex companies are pushing pleasure bots as technology that will benefit widowers and lonely people. They also argue that robot sex will improve the lives of sex workers around the world by replacing people with machines in the sex industry.
But let’s be honest. I’m not convinced many 80-year-old widowers will be rushing out to pick up a sex bot. It’s more likely that robot sex will increase the degradation and sexual objectification of women and children, and provide additional fuel for global sex trafficking.
- Robots are owned. Sex bots are built to resemble human beings. But despite their appearance, robots aren’t people — they’re objects that people own. Sexual abuse and exploitation dehumanize women and children by treating them as objects that exist for sexual gratification. In essence, robot sex reinforces tho objectification of women by making sexual partners less than human.
- Robots can’t say no. Artificial intelligence aside, robots do what we tell them to do. In fact, they’re programmed so that they have to do what we tell them to do. See the problem? Unlike human sex partners, robots can’t say no. That makes robot sex very different from sexual relationships between human beings and distorts the view of sex as an activity based on mutual consent and respect.
- Robots are incapable of love. Most major religions name love and commitment as the spiritual prerequisites for sexual relationships. In Christianity, love isn’t a feeling — it’s an action. But there’s no love in robot sex because machines can’t love. It’s impossible for them to receive love or actively give it. So, the presence of robots strips sex of its spiritual and emotional foundation, reducing it to a superficial and self-gratifying physical act.
When sex bots hit the market, I’m sure there will be those who say robot sex doesn’t affect anyone but the people who are getting it on with their machines.
Don’t believe it. At the end of the day, robot sex hurts women and children, and holds us all back from becoming the people God created us to be.