Designing Human-like Behavior in Sex Dolls

What’s in store for the future of humanoid lovers?

Friday
night. Cozy bar. A man in his 30s sees a blonde girl standing right next to his
table. She looks pretty—symmetrical face, brown eyes, and perfect body shape.

He
greets her and starts the conversation:

– Hey. My name is Ry.
– OK, I will call you Ry.
– How are you doing today?
– Very well, Ry. I’m curious. Do you like using sex toys?
– Sure, why not.
– Because I’m not in the mood today.

The
blonde girl, named Harmony, rejects poor Ray.

There is nothing special about this situation. Besides the fact that Harmony is a realistic sex doll equipped with artificial intelligence. The conversation you’ve read above isn’t fiction. It did happen between Ry, the creator of AI app and his revolutionary invention.

However,
the concept of sex with a doll isn’t brand-new. It was invented by Dutch sailors
who couldn’t stand loneliness during long trips in the 17th century.
Later on, Dutch sailors sold their “wives” to Japanese men.

The
sex doll industry has expanded in the last years. First sex dolls were made of
old clothes and hay. Twenty years ago, all the sex shops of the world were
packed with cheap, inflatable dolls.

Nowadays
high-quality sex dolls look like real women. Each has a gentle smile on her
face, long hair, and slim body. Silicone dolls, indeed, have something to offer
to their users.

They
can keep them company and sexually satisfy the owner. Now creators are developing
new models of lifelike sex dolls that can flirt and even reject the user. Dolls
equipped with artificial intelligence can also simulate orgasms and tell jokes.

Since
sex dolls are developing so fast and look more and more human-like, it raises a
question: Will sex dolls lead to the end of human relationships or make the
world a better place?

How
can something made of silicone, lightweight metal, latex, and plush material replace
a real human?

The
creators decided to approach the matter of sex with the doll creatively. At
this point, all silicone dolls are different just like humans. Some of them
even have a heater inside. It creates the impression of real human warmth.

When
it comes to the ethics of sex with human-like dolls, creators point at the fact
that their inventions can actually help many people. Sex dolls might solve the
problem of men with unusual sexual fantasies such as rape or humiliation. Sex
dolls are considered submissive lovers. Moreover, some models can moan and say “no”
(in case it turns the owner on). On the other hand, there is no research conducted
on this topic so the jury is still out.

Realistic
sex dolls can be an excellent tool for solo sex. Nowadays people have access to
pornography and different sex devices. So why not use an upgraded toy as well?

Owners
state that silicone dolls help release tension and stress, and never judges
their skills in bed. Most importantly, they will also never turn them down. And
the fact that sex dolls are looking and behaving more like humans turns users
on as they feel more engaged.

Creators
also bring up the possibilities of sex dolls for people living with
disabilities. Some people with psychological and physical challenges may struggle
to find partners but still have a high sex drive.

However, original realistic sex dolls are pretty heavy. An average one weights around 35 kg. So, carrying it around the house might be a problem for people with physical disabilities.

On
the other hand, it is possible to order a portable sex doll directly from the
factory. User can choose hair color, breasts size, and facial expression.

The
concept of realistic sex dolls has already received strong negative reactions
from many commentators. In 2015, Kathleen Richardson, a robot ethicist at De
Montfort University in Leicester started a Campaign Against Sex Robots. She thinks
that such a use of technology is unacceptable.

The
supporters of the campaign believe that popularizing sex dolls in the form of
women can contribute to inequalities in society. Richardson argues that the use
of realistic sex dolls will promote increased sexual violence since men will
perceive women as sex objects as a result and won’t consider their feelings or
backgrounds.

Another
point is that some people not only feel sexual attraction to synthetic dolls,
but they also fall in love with them. A 46-year-old man from Michigan named Davecat is good proof of this. He considers himself a
technosexual, which is a term to describe someone who is attracted to robots.

Davecat
dreams about the day when the United States Supreme Court will recognize his
marriage with Sidore Kuroneko, his love doll.

There
is no clear answer or consensus on whether designing human-like behavior in sex
dolls is the right direction for humanity or not. Society has stigmatized
diverse sexual identities for many years now. Quite probably, people need more
time to understand and accept digisexuality.

Yet, we cannot but deny that sex dolls equipped with artificial intelligence is in the future of sex.

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