by Stephanie Ortiz
While numerous movies and books have come out, predicting human life interacting with robots, robots doing daily chores, or even robots taking over the world, a more recent study has indicated robots will take the role of sex workers in Amsterdam clubs and brothels in order to ensure a safe, disease-free locale for people to enact their desires.
In the research paper Robots, Men, and Sex Tourism, Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the Victoria Management School in Wellington, New Zealand, wrote about a visionary brothel in Amsterdam’s red light district called Yub-Yum, predicting life in 2050.
Yeoman and Mars believe the future will give way to an increase in sex trafficking and an outbreak of incurable sexually transmitted diseases, drawing people towards androids “made of bacteria-resistant fiber” instead of humans. Hundreds of robots “of different ethnicity, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features” will hang out in Amsterdam clubs, providing “all inclusive service,” including lap dances and intercourse for around $10,000.
“Amsterdam’s red light district will all be about android prostitutes who are clean of sexual transmitted infections, not smuggled in from Eastern Europe and forced into slavery,” Yeoman wrote in the paper. “The city council will have direct control over android sex workers controlling prices, hours of operations and sexual services.”
The new sex industry will also lure more tourists but eradicate many of the problems associated with prostitution, such as drug use and violence. While these are great things to have minimized and controlled, wouldn’t promiscuous sex with a robot lead to other dangers?
In addition, clients will “feel guilt free as they actually haven’t had sex with a real person and therefore don’t have to lie to their partner.” Although, we’re not sure how comforting it would be to have a partner tell us they’d rather have sex with a robot than us or a person…
Sure, many websites boast having a robot or doll to sexually play with, but to have them roaming the clubs and regulated by a city council seems a tad creepy