Originally published September 30, 2015
At least two companies are developing robots that can have intimate sexual relations. One is expected to release its first robot on to the market this year.
Now, a British academic believes that we need to have a conversation about the impact that human-robot sexual relations will have on wider society.
Kathleen Richardson is an anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics at De Montfort University in the UK, and she has a written a paper debating the ethics of sex robots.
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