Future sex dolls and sex robots


This is a pretty cool development. Silicon models have been around for 40, but much cheaper TPE models have recently appeared and are becoming increasingly realistic. The most respected custom platinum treated silicon models still cost $8,000 in Japan, but the Chinese TPE doll in this video goes from $750-2000 (Amazon and WMdolls sells it) with more and Chinese companies appearing to drive a price war. Gradually improvements are being made to the underlying metal and wire skeletons to allow more mobility, durability, and weight reductions.
I’m pretty sure that in 50 years the uncanny valley will disappear, interactivity will rise, and the folk ill prefer to have sex with robots rather than porn, prostitutes with STDs, or just ordinary men/women that don’t look like models. At some price point and level of realism, most people will lose their qualms and it will rapidly become socially acceptable from there on. 10 years ago there was even a story about a Japanese company that would rent them out and deliver them to customers, before taking them back, cleaning and repairing them, sort of like an escort company.
Old widows and disfigured people will probably especially find them therapeutic too. We will be able to evolve towards more intellectual pursuits when our sexual needs are more easily satisfied. Maybe we will choose partners for intelligence rather than looks or gender, when it becomes the new normal for every person to have a ready collection of cheap, willing, and vastly more appealing sex dolls at home, and a collection of replaceable wigs and swappable faces.
The history of these things is pretty interesting on wikipedia. Apparently the first known sex dolls were created by Dutch sailors 300 years ago from clothing they crudely sewed together with were known as “Dutch Wives.” The first sex dolls ever written about in Europe were in Paris circa 1908, and after the advent of silicon in the 1950’s they’ve gradually become more realistic. (Importing them or anything else deemed obscene was banned in Britain until the late 1980s.) Conservatives will probably still have a knee-jerk opposition to the dolls, but they can only delay them slightly, and definitely can’t stop progress.
I predict that a few years after the Occulus rift comes out, disappointed VR enthusiasts who desire a tactile touch will begin to seriously experiment with animating these dolls and warming them up. Reuters already wrote a story about the expansion of porn into VR and attempts to add sensors to dolls which would change the animations in VR.
Sex robots are hardly a hypothetical anymore, and they will come about as an incremental improvement from what we already posses. The question is no longer “if,” but “when.” I expect early prototypes will definitely appear in my lifetime; sex dolls with voices that are programmed to carry on simple learned conversations will probably will appear within the next 20 years. Animating the dolls will only be expensive at the start, and I think interest in refining sex robots will be carried over to build and program useful robot butlers/household servants.

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