A friend recently sent this article about the coming sexbot revolution. It got me to wondering: could I get turned on by a robot?
Even knowing that it was just a piece of plastic, would I, at some level, be able to think of it as a human being? Wouldn't that put me on the same level as a pathetic dog which humps someone's leg?
Honestly, I don't think I could be aroused by that. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that, as it puts me into the "sensitive" cohort I usually despise.
But, that also makes me wonder if the coming sexbot revolution will be quite as big as some anticipate. According to the article linked above, 9% of women and 24% of men say that they would consider using a sexbot. Of course, there may be a certain social embarrassment element factored into those percentages. And that might change if such toys become more widely accepted: if all your friends are using them, wouldn't you be more inclined to do so yourself?
Which brings me back to whether I'd find that appealing. Like most people, I tend to assume others are like me. In my case that may be slightly more accurate since I'm so average in some ways: I'm not particularly nice, but I'm not a bad guy either. And I'm of average masculinity, neither wimpy nor a beast. So, I figure I'm a pretty good proxy.
And that makes me wonder how much demand there'll be for these things.
There's always been a small market for those blowup dolls which bear absolutely no resemblance to a real woman. And in the future, sexbots are going to be far more realistic.
There seems to be a vein of sentiment among some of the guys I've spoken to about how these things will be far preferable to real women. (Women aren't the only ones who, after a lifetime of experience, harbor a generalized resentment against the opposite sex.) These new toys probably be fairly expensive, but once you've bought one, it won't spend all your money. It won't divorce you. And it won't ever tell you it's not in the mood for sex.
Of course, the fact that sexbots will be so acquiescent will also detract from their realism.
I suppose in order for a sexbot to convince me of its humanity, it would have to be programmed to say, "We don't talk enough."
"You haven't taken me out to dinner recently."
"Anything a man can do, a woman can do better."
"I have my own kind of logic."
"Who are you to say I'm not entitled to my own set of facts?"
And, "You're such an obnoxious asshole."
Then, maybe, I could believe it was real, and get turned on.