It is appropriate that, after our little class discussion about the problematic self-pleasure device, I encounter this particular gem of an article.
The robot prostitute: the natural next step of humanity. Our first instinct is repulsion, but let’s stop and think about this.
The article proposes that robot whores would be safer than human whores (no STDs, for one, because technological advances will build self-cleaning, self-disinfecting robots). The robots will remain forever young, forever beautiful, and as an added bonus, be customizable in every possible gender/race/body type imaginable. Additionally, we will no longer need to worry about the current ethical questions that plague prostitution, because the whores are robots, not disenfranchised young girls from bad homes who made bad decisions.
I think here is where we will begin to see the phenomenon so often played with in science fiction: men and robots finding love. How easy would it be to fall in love with a robot whore? The robot looks like a beautiful young girl, she’s kind and sweet and attentive to your every need…and you have sex with her! People will fall in love with these robots, logic be damned! There will be discussions over whether or not a man can marry a robot and leave his estate to her. If you can leave millions of dollars to a dog, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched that you could live millions to a robot. Ethics will tackle the issue; the government will get involved. Before you know it, robots will be as good as people under the law. But we won’t stop at the ones who look like humans: soon people will be marrying their laptops or their iPods. Man will be free to love his machine, any machine, and the inevitable meeting of man and machine will be complete. (I use male and female personal pronouns for simplicity’s sake, but the future of robot love will not be confined to heteronormativity).
Basically: robot prostitution is how robots will become human.
And for the record, if they made robot prostitutes who looked and sounded just like Jude Law, I’d be 100 percent sold on the idea.