Would you have sex with a robot?

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by Indecisi0n, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Robot Sex Poll Reveals Americans' Attitudes About Robotic Lovers, Servants, Soldiers

    A provocative new poll shows that Americans have little trouble imagining a future full of personal service robots -- at least when it comes to robots tasked with cleaning our homes, driving our cars, and even helping fight our wars.

    But the HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that we're a bit squeamish about bots in especially personal roles, such as caring for elderly people or replacing a human sex partner. These findings are consistent with research conducted by Stanford University's Dr. Leila Takayama, an expert in robot-human relationships.

    "We've been finding that people prefer the idea of working with robots instead of having robots work in place of people," Takayama told The Huffington Post in an email.

    In the poll, 58 percent of Americans said that robots will be cleaning our homes by 2030. But only 33 percent said that they'd like a robot servant. Forty-two percent indicated that they wouldn't want one. Those between 40 and 44 years of age were the most likely to say they would like a robot servant, while adults age 65 or older were the least likely.

    The idea of having robots care for elderly people raised even bigger qualms. Only 25 percent indicated that they think such robots will be available by 2030, and even fewer (22 percent) said that they would let a robot care for an aging friend or relative. Fifty-eight percent said they wouldn't let a robot do that.

    Forty-six percent of respondents to the survey say that robots will be able to drive cars by the year 2030. The idea doesn't seem so outlandish given that Google is already developing a self-driving car, with managers of the project saying that the technology could be on sale to consumers in as little as three years.

    In fact, two states (Nevada and California) already have laws on the books permitting driverless vehicles, though both require an actual human to be in the car and prepared to take the wheel if necessary.

    Forty-eight percent of respondents indicated that they believed robots will be able to fight in the military by 2030.

    And what about robotic sex partners?

    Eighteen percent of respondents indicated that they believed sexbots will be available by 2030. Nine percent indicated that they would have sex with a robot if they could (though perhaps they wouldn't have been keen on admitting that if they could).

    Sex with a robot raises some thorny ethical questions -- including whether a married person who hooked up with a robot would be guilty of infidelity. What did the poll find? Forty-two percent of Americans indicated that such a dalliance would constitute cheating. Another 31 percent said it wouldn't, and 26 percent said they were unsure. Respondents under age 30 were almost as likely to say it wouldn't be cheating (34 percent) as that it would (36 percent). Americans over age 65 were far more likely to say that it would, by a 52 percent to 24 percent margin.

    The poll was conducted Feb. 20-21 among 1,000 U.S. adults. It used a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

    The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling.

  2. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I can only think about Howard on Big Bang Theory when he got his 'woohoo' caught in the robotic hand and had to go to the doctors to have it removed.
    How embarrassing for him.
  3. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

  4. Individual

    Individual New Member

    Whether or not I doink a robot would depend on many factors. Where does it fall on the uncanny valley? We talking gears and motors, or synthetic skin and cybernetics? Is it a simple robot programmed to do a certain task and nothing else? Is it an AI that can learn and simulate emotions? I think a simple sex bot with no higher functions is just a glorified marital aid and thus would not constitite infidelity in my eyes? A bot with an AI? Thats a bit harder to defend.

    As you can see, I have thought about this heavily.
  5. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    They make robot socks?
  6. badpal

    badpal Active Member

    Most definitely, I would still be married today if a couple of my exes had come with on/off switches.:happy:
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  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

  8. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    I already have...MY EX-WIFE.
  9. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Robotic socks....they put themselves on ;)
  10. DumbTruckDriver

    DumbTruckDriver Allergic to cardboard.

    What about sex with a robotic car? I swear, these polls never go far enough...
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    What about inflatable co-pilots?

    Resident know-it-all.
  12. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    Is the robot hot?

    Will it respect me in the morning?
  13. DumbTruckDriver

    DumbTruckDriver Allergic to cardboard.

  14. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    And this topic has to do with UPS discussions how?
  15. ZQXC

    ZQXC Guest

    Can the robot talk dirty?

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    I would just prefer a naughty/nice switch.
  17. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Does the robot have any memory which can be uploaded to the Cloud so that I can't even go to an ATM without feeling shame and inadequacies? Yeah I'd still doink it.
  18. Fedex Guy

    Fedex Guy Active Member

    Can you wash it when you're done?

    Just to be clear, I don't work for FedEx. Crazy I know.

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    Would have to do a double take when a woman says she drives stick !!!!

  20. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    is that a deal breaker?