CBC: U of M prof makes the case for sexbots
A local professor says sexbots could be the key to a happier, healthier society — but could also be a liability.
“Sexbots aren’t going to necessarily replace human partners, but I think they’re potentially a powerful tool in addressing people’s isolation,” says Neil McArthur.
McArthur is the director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. He’s also a co-editor of a new book called Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications.
With the current rate of technology development, McArthur says sexbots are inevitable. He predicts human-shaped robots with artificial intelligence — which would provide a realistic human experience — will be available to the public within five to 10 years.
And these won’t be some taboo machines.
“I guarantee you this will not be Google Glass or something that 14 people in Silicon Valley are using,” says McArthur.
“This will be a technology that becomes very widely adopted, so I just think that we should be ready.”