Topical Collection "Love and Sex with Robots"
A topical collection in Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).
The advancement in technology and human–computer/human–robot interaction is opening new avenues in research and leading to novel, and unconventional, relationships between machines and humans. Further fuelled by the media, by their portrayal of those relationships, and in most cases undesirably, there is an increasing interest among both the general public and academia regarding human–robot relationships. At this point, where the discourse regarding human–robot intimate relationships has turned to moral and ethical rationalizations, it is imperative for the academia to explore the various approaches to this topic in a compilation of academic writings.
From a research point of view, there are many aspects that should be addressed. One aspect is the technological innovations which are soaring each day with new developments. Humanoid robots are more and more in the conversations, leading the dialogues towards the rights of robots. This is the other facet of this topic, the discussion on whether it is morally and ethically correct for humans to develop relationships with robots and the ensuing issues with this development. It is important to understand these various approaches, and the societal discourse on diverse concerns.
This Special Issue aims to provide a collection of high quality research articles that address broad challenges in both theoretical and applied aspects of the relationships between humans and robots/machines that involve human feelings and emotions, including love and sex. The question “where is the limit?” will be an essential question that is asked to be explored and experimented with as part of this Special Issue.
This Special Issue is intended to cover the following topics, but is not limited to them:
- Robot Emotions
- Humanoid Robots
- Clone Robots
- Entertainment Robots
- Robot Personalities
- Intelligent Electronic Sex Hardware
- Gender Approaches
- Affective Approaches
- Psychological Approaches
- Sociological Approaches
- Philosophical Approaches
- Moral and Ethical Approaches
Prof. Adrian David Cheok
Dr. Cristina Portalés Ricart
Dr. Chamari Edirisinghe
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Title: Too Sexy to Compute: A demographic analysis of the likelihood to have sex with a robot
Author: Riley Richards
Abstract: Research in the field of empirical studies on human-to-sex-robot relationships is nearly non-existent even though the first anticipated full functional AI humanoid robot is suggested to go on the market later this year. The current manuscript seeks to answer where the limit is to what kind of person is more likely to have sex with a robot over another. Data was collected across the United States from 136 adults in an online survey. Results indicate non-religious men living and/or growing up in an urban environment are more likely than any other demographic to have sex with a robot. Furthermore, negative attitudes towards robots was a significant negative indicator for women and not for men based on their likelihood to have sex with a robot.