How to build better sex robots: stop making them look human

2019-03-02 04:18:01

Zackary Canepari / Panos Pictures IT’S too late for this year, but if you find yourself without a partner next Valentine’s day, you might be able to get one made to order. By the end of 2017, a California-based company promises to have a lifelike, artificially intelligent, “sex capable” robot woman ready for sale. Sex robots inevitably prompt tabloid titters, but their imminent arrival also raises serious questions. Ethical concerns about how they will change attitudes to sex and relationships abound, as well as what impact they will have on existing prejudices. Take, for example,