Seems as though the information war against sex robots has begun in earnest. Two British doctors (why do the British so afraid of sexbots?) published a ‘study’ in an important medical journal, and which media headlines have claimed proves that sex robots are dangerous. However, the ‘study’ appears to be more their own ruminations and fears on the subject, rather than based upon any actual empirical fact based evidence.
Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Monday, Susan Bewley, professor of women’s health at Kings College London and Chantal Cox-George from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, analyzed the health implications of the $30 billion industry.
The paper said companies, such as True Companion and realbotix.com, currently sell adult sexbots priced between $5,000 and $15,000. They are, so far, only aimed at the male market but the first one designed for woman is set to go on sale next year.
Proponents of the robots claim the dolls offer a safe and therapeutic method for men who encounter difficulty having a sexual relationship with a human partner. Some have suggested sexual crime could even be reduced by the use of a robot.
The study, while citing a lack of empirical evidence, said it had found little to suggest that robots will help reduce inappropriate and violent sexual behavior. It concluded that the use of sex robots could actually desensitize some people to a recognition of sexual exploitation of real humans.