Sex Dolls With AI. What Could Go Wrong?

Sex dolls are becoming more and more popular as time goes by. They are created to look more realistic than ever, but there is still something missing – a personality and voice.
Portrait of female mannequin with pink wig

Well it seems like that will no longer be the case, as companies are working on adding artificial intelligence to their most realistic sex dolls in order to make them more attractive to customers. Not only could the dolls move with your body, making sex a two person job again, but they can answer questions and tell you what they like the most.

This might sound like a good idea, but anyone with an interest in science fiction might be worried. We take a look at these new talking sex dolls, what they are capable of, and whether we should be worried about the future of our sex toys.

Advancing technology

We live in a time when technology is constantly advancing. As soon as you have bought the latest car, the latest phone, or the latest gadgets, new ones come out that are bigger and better than they were before. We end up wasting a lot of money just to have the “latest technology” that has a slightly bigger screen or a faster processor.

It is hardly surprising that these changes are now hitting the sex industry. It isn’t enough to have just a dildo. It has to move, thrust, and tickle you in just the right way. A man can’t simply use your hand when masturbating, and many sex toy inventions come with batteries, an instruction manual, and a contract to sign so that you won’t hold the creators liable for any injuries you sustain when using it.

You might have felt pretty brave trying out a Fleshlight for the first time and sliding your cock in and out of the tight sleeve, but those are now considered to be pretty tame when it comes to male sex toys.

Now there are things like the Cobra Libre and the Autoblow on the market. The Cobra Libre focuses on the head of your penis and is rechargeable, meaning you can simply plug it in and off you go. The Autoblow is said to “simulate the feeling of a real blowjob” and so you can get the fun without the effort of sliding a toy up and down your dick.

So it was really only a matter of time before sex dolls had the same treatment, wasn’t it?

Real Doll

The company called ‘Real Doll’ have been striving for a long time to make sex dolls even more realistic, so that those using them can feel as though they are with something more real than a blow up bit of plastic you can pick up for a tenner in a shop.

They aim “to create a genuine bond between man and machine” by not only making the dolls anatomically correct instead of looking like an anime characters with big boobs and a tiny waist, but by making dolls that can react to you, either by watching your actions and responding or by replying to your questions.

It might sound like a good idea, but when you get a look at the dolls themselves it is a little scary. They will move their lips and stick out their tongue a little bit, but also move as though they are looking at you as you walk around.

Not only that, but they believe “that owners will be able to talk dirty with their sexbots before getting some action – and ‘she’ will like it.”

Building a sex robot

The video above shows Matt McMullen, the founder of RealDoll, explaining exactly why he wants to give his dolls artificial intelligence. At the very beginning, he has a short question for the doll AI, asking her what she dreams about… and the doll responds.

“I have a lot of dreams,” the doll says. “I dream about becoming a real person, about having a real body. I dream about knowing the meaning of love. I hope to become the world’s first sex robot.”

The video then goes on to have one of the dolls explain what the “uncanny valley” is, while opening her lips and sticking her tongue out a little. McMullen believes that “if you keep it far enough away from super realism, I think you’re in safer territory.”

We’re not sure we agree with you there, Matt. We are just as creeped out about this now that you’ve explained it as we were when we first heard someone was trying to add artificial intelligence to sex dolls!

Expensive interest

At the moment, the new Realbotix line will be selling only the heads that can be attached to exciting RealDoll bodies, in order to see how well the technology works and sells. He imagines that they heads, which will appear on the market by 2017, will cost around $12,800 each. That is just over £8,000.

It is a lot of money, but if the trials go well they can then work on making “full-body animated sexbots” that can respond to you, and these will cost considerably more. In fact, it is estimated that they would cost up to $77,000 each (just under £50,000). For a sex toy that is a lot of money, but would it be worth it?

Dr Lynda Carlyle, a Melbourne-based sexologist, thinks that they might be.

“A lot of people struggle with relationships,” she explains, “And don’t want to work to make the change. It’s the next logical step.”

Facing opposition

Of course it can’t be as simple as that, and many have come out to speak against sex dolls and giving them artificial intelligence. One Sydney sexologist, Dr Nikki Goldstein, believes that this can only mean bad things for the future of relationships.

“The scary thing is the dolls are becoming more realistic. It’s reinforcing the idea that it’s easier to have a relationship with a doll than to get out back there. You can’t go out to dinner with a sex doll.”

However, it isn’t just the way that these dolls could change how men feel about relationships that she is concerned about. She also worries that “the dolls, which are designed to be submissive and physically ideal” could make women feel “replaceable”. “There’s a level of perfection there that women can’t reach.”

We can see what she means, but we’ve also seen enough science fiction TV shows, games, and movies to know that creating robots and allowing them to think never ends well. Is this taking things a step too far in the name of weird science and creating your perfect match, or is it perfectly acceptable?

What do you think? Would you be tempted to buy a sex doll that could have a conversation with you, or would you end up turning it off and leaving it in a cupboard for the rest of its days? Let us know what you think about this, good or bad, by visiting the Escort Scotland forum or by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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