„Sex robots are coming, but the argument that they could bring health benefits, including offering paedophiles a ’safe‘ outlet for their sexual desires, is not based on evidence, say researchers. The market for anthropomorphic dolls with a range of orifices for sexual pleasure – the majority of which are female in form, and often boast large breasts, tiny waists and sultry looks – is on the rise, with such dummies selling for thousands of pounds a piece.“ (Guardian, 5 June 2018) These are the initial words of an article in the well-known British daily newspaper Guardian, published on 5 June 2018. It quotes Susan Bewley, professor of women’s health at Kings College London – and Oliver Bendel, professor at the School of Business FHNW and expert for information and machine ethics. He is not in favor of a ban on the development of sex robots and love dolls. However, he can imagine that the area of application could be limited. He calls for empirical research in the field. The article can be accessed via www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/04/claims-about-social-benefits-of-sex-robots-greatly-overstated-say-experts.
Fig.: Empirical research is necessary
Der „Third International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots“ findet am 19. und 20. Dezember 2017 in London statt. Damit wurde die selbe Stadt wie 2016 gewählt. In einer Information vom 8. Juni 2017 heißt es: „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. The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots provides an excellent opportunity for academics and industry professionals to present and discuss their innovative work and ideas in an academic symposium.“ (Information LSR 2017, 8. Juni 2017) Papers sollen mindestens sieben Seiten umfassen und sich Themen wie „Entertainment Robots“, „Robot Personalities“, „Teledildonics“ und „Intelligent Electronic Sex Hardware“ widmen. Auch Informations- und Roboterethik sind mögliche Perspektiven. Das Buch mit den Beiträgen der letzten Konferenz ist Ende April 2017 bei Springer erschienen. Weitere Informationen über loveandsexwithrobots.org.
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