The below article predicts that by the year 2050 sexbots will have replaced human prostitutes. New zealand researches predict that concerns over human trafficking and the growth in incurable sexually transmitted diseases will combine to bring about a decline in human prostitution and a growth in realistic robot prostitutes. The authors of the study imagine a club in Amsterdam in which robot prostitutes of both genders and all ethnicities provide massage and sexual services. The bots would be made of material which would prevent the spread of STDs and would be cleaned on a regular basis.
If the above predictions come to pass then the concerns of those who argue that prostitution always equals exploitation would, presumably be addressed as the robots would replace flesh and blood sex workers thereby rendering the oldest profession redundant. In addition the robots would, by their very nature be incapable of being exploited as they’d would lack emotions and be incapable of feeling pain.
I see a number of problems with this scenario. Firstly it presupposes that users of prostitutes are merely seeking a sexual release. For those who merely want to release sexual tention highly realistic sexbots might, just possibly appeal and I can see a market for such creations. However many clients (in particular those who use the services of escorts) want more than a “quickie”. Such clients want good conversation, to enjoy a bottle of wine and yes as part of the overall package to have sexual intercourse. Unless artificial intelligence suddenly leap frogs to a world in which a sexbot can hold a meaningful conversation with a client I can’t see flesh and blood prostitutes being threatened by robots. Anyone who reads science fiction will recall that robot servants should have been in every home by the 1980’s, however what do we have? robots which can vacuum your floor but, on the whole rather less efficiently than a human being. The days of the robot servant are (if they ever come to fruition and they may at some distant point come into being) a long way off. I suspect that the same holds true for sexbots which are able to act in the same manner as the best escorts.
Secondly the growth of sexbots could add status to some sex workers. It may become a badge of distinction to say that one slept with a flesh and blood prostitute rather than a sexbot. Such a development could lead to the best working girls being able to command higher fees.
In conclusion I believe that sex workers won’t be consigning their short skirts, stockings and high heels to the back of the cupboard anytime soon.
For a whitty article on sexbots please visit http://jezebel.com/sexbots/
For an article on the predictions of the two New Zealand researchers please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/sex-robots-a-reality-by-2050_n_1472802.html

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