Wellington, New Zealand, April 19: Researchers of the Victoria Management School here have predicted robot sex workers will be in place by the year 2050, reports Daily Mail.
Whether it is a brothel in Amsterdam’s Red Light District or Lahore’s Hira Mandi, or even Delhi’s G B Road, the threat from robot sex workers appears to be real, in the decades to come.
In their paper - Robots, Men And Sex Tourism - Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the Victoria Management School in Wellington, New Zealand, imagine what the sex industry will be like in the year 2050.
They focus on Amsterdam’s Red Light District and imagine how the most popular brothel in the city will work.
They call this imaginary brothel the Yub-Yum, and describe it as ‘modern and gleaming with about 100 scantily clad blondes and brunettes parading around in exotic G-strings and lingerie’.
Clients pay £6,200 to enter for an ‘all-inclusive service’, from lap dancing to full intercourse, from ‘a range of sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features’.
The production and use of lifelike pleasure machines could effectively halt the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as stem the increase in human trafficking associated with the sex trade.
Android sex workers may also provide a ‘guilt free’ experience for men (although it’s hard to imagine that it will do anything to dispel feelings of infidelity).
With no more women being exploited, the researchers believe that prostitution could gain a new level of respectability - meaning brothels could feature in guidebooks.
Robot sex workers have been a feature of science fiction for decades. In the 1973 dystopian thriller Westworld wealthy tourists indulge themselves at a theme park staffed by robots who cater to their every desire.
In 1982’s Blade Runner, pleasure robots were high prized in the hierarchy of androids.
At the imaginary Yub-Yum, the researchers say: ‘The tourists who use the services of Yub-Yum are guaranteed a wonderful and thrilling experience, as all the androids are programmed to perform every service and satisfy every desire.
‘All androids are made of bacteria resistant fibre... guaranteeing no sexually transmitted diseases are transferred between consumers.’
The researchers imagine that androids brothels opened up because of the rise in STDs, especially HIV, which by 2050 has mutated and is resistant to many drugs.
Amsterdam’s city council has agreed to licence such establishments to keep its reputation as a party city, while at the same time being ethical.
Robot prostitution has apparently become so commonplace by 2050 the Yub-Yum has been voted the world’s best massage parlour by the UN World Tourism Organisation.
The researchers write: ‘The impact of Yub-Yum club and similar establishments in Amsterdam has transformed the sex industry alleviating all health and human trafficking problems.
‘The only social issues surrounding the club is the resistance from human sex workers who say they can’t compete on price and quality, therefore forcing many of them to close their shop windows.’
The paper adds: ‘Even clients feel guilt free as they actually haven’t had sex with a real person and therefore don’t have to lie to their partner.’
Previous papers from the European Robotics Research Network have claimed that people will be regularly having sex with robots within five years.
Others have predicted that some of the more conservative U.S. states will make it legal to have sex with a robot by 2050.