Robocock: Is This the End of Human Sex as We Know it?
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven't seen episode four of Humans.
If you were one of the five million people who saw that sex scene on Channel 4's Humans a few weeks ago, then you'll have no trouble imagining a human having sex with a robot. The scene caused a lot of stir on the internet and for many, it all seemed a bit too close for comfort.
Bumping uglies with synthetic humans is no new phenomenon, with thousands of sex dolls on the market offering varying levels of authenticity. They're closer to the physical experience of having sex than handheld masturbators or sex toys and are something that many people are keen to 'explore'.
Those lucky enough to own a high-end doll, such as a Teddy Babe, may even find that they are much more than a means for sexual fulfilment. For many, these dolls evolve into so much more than a large male masturbator - offering companionship, passion and in some cases, romance.
But what if these sex dolls could move, respond and even mirror the very essence that makes human sex... well, human?
As the Robophilia (being sexually attracted to robots and humanoids) bandwagon shifts a gear, will human sex become a thing of the past? An expert on the matter seems to think so.
According to sex boff Dr Helen Driscoll, improvements in 'robotic, interactive and motion-sensing technology' are only a few years away, meaning that sex dolls will soon be able to 'come to life' (gulp).
Dr. D says in her Huffington Post blog: "Robophilia may be alien now, but could be normal in the near future as attitudes evolve with technology.
"As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being."
As if the pressure wasn't already on to perform between the sheets, we may soon be facing competition from perfectly-formed, scientifically-programmed, shagging machines! Life is unfair.
This video of a girating, animatronic art installation by artist Jordan Wolfson just goes to show where we're at with technology. Warning: it will probably give you nightmares (just don't look straight into its eyes).
Sex is Not a Game... Yet
On the other end of the spectrum is the unbelievable tech entering the gaming scene like Oculus, which is just gagging to be turned into a state-of-the-art sex gadget. AM I RIGHT?!
For those of you who don't know what I'm banging on about, Oculus is a virtual reality head-mount display which allows you to step into another world while sat in your living room (or bedroom).
Car manufacturer's Audi have already started using the device to allow customers to visualise what it would feel like to race around in one of their cars without even leaving the showroom... Imagine the possibilities for virtual sex.
Is this Farewell?
The technology is almost there but would anybody really prefer virtual sex over the real McCoy? The answer to that, in Dr. Driscoll's mind, is yes. She predicts that run-of-the-mill, physical relationships will seem 'primitive' in 50 years or less as sex robots and hyper-realistic gadgets become more commonplace.
It appears that we may just have to cross our fingers and hope that our humble, human genitals and mediocre moves will stand the test of time (before we're all replaced by randy robots).
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