Robotics and ethics researchers against sex robots
There are attempts to make sex toys and sex dolls more like humans by adding artificial intelligence and thereby more attractive for customers. Campaigners say that such moves are unethical because they harm humanity and make it more unequal. The robots also suggest prostitution which is harmful for women. Some suggest that sex robots will aid or encourage people abetting or trading in prostitution and sexual exploitation and violence, since those people will now have and use robots. The counterpoint as per some researchers is that "technology and the sex trade coexist and reinforce each other creating more demand for human bodies".
The campaign leaders, 'robotics and ethics researchers' Kathleen Richardson and Erik Brilling, propose that engineers instead work on technology that "reflect human principles of dignity, mutuality and freedom".
"... The Campaign Against Sex Robots says that the "increasing effort" that has gone into producing sex robots — "machines in the form of women or children for use as sex objects, substitutes for human partners or prostitutes" — is harmful and makes society more unequal.
The researchers say that such robots contribute towards the objectification of women and children. The robots reduce human empathy, since they will take people away from relationships with real humans, they argue. ..."
"... The idea behind the robots "show the immense horrors still present in the world of prostitution which is built on the 'perceived' inferiority of women and children and therefore justifies their uses as sex objects", the researchers say. ..."
"... so that it can "encourage computer scientists and roboticists to refuse to contribute to the development of sex robots as a field by refusing to provide code, hardware or ideas" as well as working with campaigns against the sexual exploitation ..."
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