Should we ban sex robots while we have the chance? | Jenny Kleeman

AI sex dolls are on their way, with potentially sinister social consequences. So before they hit the market, we must ask whether they should, writes robotics expert Jenny Kleeman

People are blowing a fuse about sex robots or rather, rape robots. Journalists from the New Statesman and the New York Times among others have all reported on the sex robot Roxxxy TrueCompanions controversial Frigid Farrah setting: a mode in which she has been programmed to resist sexual advances and which will allow men to act out rape fantasies.

Womens rights activists have lined up to condemn Roxxxy. Everyday Sexisms Laura Bates describes her as the sex robot thats yours to rape for just $9,995. Writing in the Times on Thursday, the barrister Kate Parker called for sex robots like Roxxxy to be criminalised. The sophistication of the technology behind Roxxxy marks a step forward for robotics. For human society, its an unquestionable regression, she says.

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