The international conference on sex robots previously slated to be held in the Malaysia will now be moved to London after the country banned it for being “illegal.”
Top scientists in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence and other related technologies are set to convene at Goldsmiths University on December 19-20 to discuss the potential of integrating robots in the future sex lives of humans by adding artificial intelligence into the mix.
During the two-day event, topics such as, humanoid robots, robot emotions and personalities, cybersex toys, intelligent electronic sex hardware, entertainment robots and more will be tackled in different sessions.
“I think robots could become our lovers in the future. Does love have to be reciprocated in order to be valid?” event host and Goldsmiths computing lecturer Dr. Kate Devlin was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. Devlin previously wrote a paper called “In Defence of Sex Robots”.
Devlin said that modern society should at least be open to the futuristic idea that sex robots will someday become a norm.
“Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men,” Devlin said.
“A machine is a blank slate – it is what we make of it. Why should a sex robot be binary? What about the potential for therapy? It’s time for new approaches to artificial sexuality.”
The expert stressed that as computer and robotic technologies develop in accelerated pace, the public interest in human-computer interaction is also currently high as pop culture continues to reference man’s fascination with computer technology in various forms of media.
“Cutting edge research in technology and ethics is vital if we want to reframe ideas about the human-tech relationship,” she added.