As the Westworld Boxset comes to NOW TV, research reveals a Third of Brits would consider sex with a Robot.
As the award-winning first season of dystopian robot drama Westworld returns to TV streaming service NOW TV, new research reveals over a third (39%) of Brits think by 2050 we’ll regularly be having relationships with robots instead of each other.
A third of Brits also admitted they would be up for a sexual encounter with a human-like robot, and 40 percent believe this would NOT constitute cheating.
In Westworld, visitors can live out their darkest fantasies in a futuristic theme park staffed by artificially intelligent robot hosts. Four in ten (41%) Brits said they would consider visiting a park like Westworld, with 48% claiming they would feel less guilty about acting out their darkest desires with a robot than with a human.
However nearly half of those considering a trip (19%) would only visit if there were no repercussions and 79% believe it would be ethically wrong to harm an artificially intelligent robot.
The research did show that not everyone thinks robot relationships are a good thing, a third of Brits (29.7%) would be horrified if one of their mates embarked on a relationship with one, with 16% saying they’d convince them to abandon it. A further 41 percent thought robotic relations could affect normal sexual relationships between human adults.
Reacting to the research, Professor Noel Sharkey, who recently published a consultation report with Foundation of Responsible Robotics said: “Robotics and artificial intelligence is a long way off the technical sophistication of the theme park in Westworld, but we’re already seeing dolls being used in the adult entertainment industry and we can expect robots to join them soon. As a society we need to start agreeing where the ethical boundaries are with the use of robots, so that as they are integrated into our daily lives in the coming decades we are ready.”
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