Sex robots! They're probably not a thing you think of a lot unless you have some kind of fetish, watch a lot of weird documentaries, or spend a lot of time in online spaces for Men's Rights Activists, bitterly dreaming about how women will be all "No, please! We don't want equal rights! We're so sorry! Please don't replace us with sex robots! Can we pleeeeeaaaase make you a sandwich?" once the sexbot revolution comes.
However, some people are thinking about them a lot! Specifically a group called the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, which published a report today titled "Our Sexual Future With Robots," which discusses the possible benefits and drawbacks to a society in which people have sex with robots.
The report was mostly positive, suggesting that they might be a good idea for people who are disabled, those who are dealing with sexual trauma, the elderly, as well as men who suffer from various forms of sexual dysfunction. They could also provide an outlet for those with particular fetishes that their partner doesn't want to participate in, or even allow for a jealousy-free threesome.
There were, however, concerns about ethics, The Guardian reports. For instance, what if people make child sex robots for pedophiles?