Computer scientists attending the 2016 Love and Sex with Robots Conference, held at Goldsmiths University in London, predicted that humans will marry robots by the year 2050. They also claim that humans will actually enjoy sex more with robots and find them more attractive than human sexual companions.
One of the attendees at the Conference was David Levy, the author of the 2007 best-selling book entitled, Love and Sex with Robots. Levy asserts that “love and sex with robots is inevitable,” and that “the question is not if this will happen, but when.”
Dr. Kevin Curran, a computer scientist at the University Ulster, agrees with Levy’s predictions. He stated that as robots become more human-like, people might turn to them for companionship. He said that computer technology makes it possible to change artificial intelligence so robots can be more lifelike, and that researchers are now exploring how to give robots emotional intelligence.
Another speaker at the Conference, Adrian Cheok, a computer professor at City University London, also believes that sexual intimacy between humans and robots is likely to occur by the middle of this century. “Society does progress and change very rapidly,” he said. Cheok further explained that although human-robot marriage might not become legal before 2050, humans will be cohabiting with robot partners long before then.
A study accessing the attractiveness of female robots to human male subjects was presented at the Conference. In the study, heterosexual male subjects, between the ages of 18 and 67, were first shown two-minute videos of female humanoid robots, then asked if they would consider purchasing such a robot for themselves. There was a 40.3 % “yes” response.
Some other fascinating predictions that have been made by experts in the field of robotics are these: (1) By the year 2025, robots for sexual companionship will be acquired by those selective few persons who can afford them; (2) by 2030, the majority of people will take part in some sort of intimate sexual activity with robots; (3) by 2035, most people will own one or two sex robots; (4) by the year 2050, there will be a significant replacement of human-human sexual relationships with human-robot sexual relationships; and (5) by 2050 people are likely to begin to fall in love with and possibly marry humanoid robots.