On 24 October 2020 the article „Love Dolls and Sex Robots in Unproven and Unexplored Fields of Application“ by Oliver Bendel was published in Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics. From the Abstract: „Love dolls, the successors of blow-up dolls, are widespread. They can be ordered online or bought in sex shops and can be found in brothels and households. Sex robots are also on the rise. Research, however, has been slow to address this topic thoroughly. Often, it does not differentiate between users and areas of application, remaining vague, especially in the humanities and social sciences. The present contribution deals with the idea and history of love dolls and sex robots. Against this background, it identifies areas of application that have not been investigated or have hardly been investigated at all. These include prisons, the military, monasteries and seminaries, science, art and design as well as the gamer scene. There is, at least, some relevant research about the application of these artefacts in nursing and retirement homes and as such, these will be given priority. The use of love dolls and sex robots in all these fields is outlined, special features are discussed, and initial ethical, legal and pragmatic considerations are made. It becomes clear that artificial love servants can create added value, but that their use must be carefully considered and prepared. In some cases, their use may even be counterproductive.“ The article is available here for free as an open access publication.
Fig.: Love dolls and sex robots
Die Konferenz im Dezember 2016 an der University of London (Goldsmiths) mit dem Titel „Love and Sex with Robots“ hat ein enormes internationales Echo ausgelöst. Insbesondere in den englischen und amerikanischen Boulevardmedien wurden Aussagen der Referenten verdreht und verfälscht. Was sie wirklich gesagt und gemeint haben, lässt sich nun schwarz auf weiß nachlesen. Ende April 2017 ist das Buch „Love and Sex with Robots“ bei Springer herausgekommen, in der Reihe „Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence“. Aus dem Klappentext: „This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Love and Sex with Robots 2016 in December 2016, in London, UK. The 12 revised papers presented together with 1 keynote were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 38 submissions. … The topics of the conferences were as follows: robot emotions, humanoid robots, clone robots, entertainment robots, robot personalities, teledildonics, intelligent electronic sex hardware, gender approaches, affective approaches, psychological approaches, sociological approaches, roboethics, and philosophical approaches.“ (Klappentext) Beiträge stammen u.a. von David Levy, Emma Yann Zhang und Oliver Bendel. Das Buch kann hier bestellt werden.
Im November 2014 fand die Konferenz „Love and Sex with Robots“ auf Madeira statt. Auf der Website loverobots.mixedrealitylab.org stand zur Veranstaltung geschrieben: „Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners. This upsurge has not only been apparent amongst the general public, as evidenced by an increase in coverage in the print media, TV documentaries and feature films, but also within the academic community.“ Themen waren u.a. „Robot Emotions“, „Humanoid Robots“ und „Roboethics“. Eine weitere Konferenz zu Robotersex und Sexrobotern, die für November 2015 in Malaysia geplant war, musste auf Verlangen der Behörden abgesagt werden. Auf loveandsexwithrobots.org ist zu lesen: „Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots will be postponed until 2016. The conference will definitely not be held anywhere in Malaysia. We deeply apologize to any person or any authority which have felt offense in any way.“ Weitere Informationen über www.bento.de.
Abb.: Mensch oder Roboter?