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Sex robots, the new era of relationships

The 'digisexuales' are those people whose sexual appetite is satisfied only through technology.

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The ‘digisexuales’ are those people whose sexual appetite is satisfied only through technology.

The technology has invaded every area of human beings, including sexuality. After expanding our vocabulary of sexual orientations with terms such as demisexual or pansexual, it is time to include the word that defines all those people whose sexual appetite is satisfied only through technology.

It’s about the ‘digisexuals‘. A group of researchers from the University of Manitoba, in Canada, argues in an article, published by the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, the rise of this new sexual tendency.

“As sexual technologies advance, their adoption will grow and more and more people will come to identify themselves as ‘digiexuales’, that is, people whose primary sexual identity comes from the use of technology, ” according to Professor Neil Mccarthur, director of the Center. of Professional and Applied Ethics of the Canadian University.

As detailed in the article, people will form an intense connection with their fellow robots, which will be tailored to meet the desires of people and can do things impossible for other humans.

“Many people will find that their experiences with this technology are perfectly integrated with their sexual identity and some prefer to direct their sexual interactions,” he says. “There is no doubt that the sexbots are very close.”

Although it is a still incipient technology, the sexual robots are already programmed with artificial intelligence and are equipped with body sensors that respond to touch. They can even be customized to resemble the desired person: an ex or a platonic love.

There are already sexual robots capable of performing up to 50 automatic positions; others even have conversational skills. In addition, it is expected that by the 2020s the sex robots can already acquire walking skills, to be included as companions in social events.

In April 2017, a Chinese artificial intelligence engineer, Zheng Jiajia, 31, married a robot that he built himself after not having found a human wife.

Ethical implications

The robots are already on track to replace 80% of the work done by humans. Will they also replace human relationships?

Sociologists and doctors maintain opposing positions about the ‘digiexuales’. In the article, the researchers detail that psychotherapists should be prepared to address the challenges, benefits and problems of this new type of sexual orientation.

What is certain is that human sexuality has an important affective component and it will be necessary to analyze if the relationship with sexbots could be beneficial or not for the emotional health of the individual.

As this new era of ‘digisexuales’ begins to generalize, it will be necessary to create an ethical, social and legal framework to fit this collective.

But, at the moment there are few guidelines to help people make informed decisions regarding participation in technology-based activities of any kind, and especially those related to sexuality. Therefore, a framework is essential to understand the nature of ‘digisexuality’ and how to approach it.

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