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What our violent obsession with sex robots reveals about us / .Mic

Written by Melanie Ehrenkranz for .Mic. Originally published on December 18th, 2016.


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“…When Matt McMullen, CEO of RealDoll — a company aiming to release sex dolls equipped with artificial intelligence in 2017 — was asked what he saw as the company’s direct competition, he responded with: “the human female.”

I asked sex tech entrepreneur Cindy Gallop, founder of If We Ran the World and Make Love Not Porn, what she thought about McMullen’s comment.

“Oh, for fuck’s sake,” she said.

“When you say that your competition is a human female, you are saying, ‘Here is someone who will do your bidding, follow your every whim, let you fuck her any which way you want to Sunday, and you don’t have to engage with a real person in any way at all,'” Gallop said. “And that’s appalling.”

Sinziana Gutiu, a Canadian lawyer focusing on human rights, privacy and humancomputer interaction, calls it the “roboticization of consent” — the concept of a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, used by humans for sex.

“I believe that the ‘roboticization of consent’ is fundamentally at odds with our social and legal commitment to equality and risks diminishing the importance of consent between humans,” Gutiu told Mic.

She said in the context of male users and robots designed in a woman’s image, these sexual encounters “replicate existing gender inequalities and stereotypes about women’s value in society, and promote the idea that women are sexual objects used to gratify male sexual desires.”


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