What happens when the porn world, Westworld — an HBO series about an “amusement park” which allows visitors to live out their wildest fantasies via artificial intelligence — and the real world collide? Three words: talking sex robots. (Oh yeah, we are going there, and we are going there soon.) In fact, interactive sex bots will be available as early as next year.
In an interview with Inverse, robotics expert David Levy explained that these lovers…er, dolls…um, I mean, digital companions…will not only have the ability to talk, but they will also respond to touch and — wait for it — they will have warm genitals:
This coming wave of sex robots will be human-like in appearance and size. They will have human-like genitals. And they will allow intercourse according to their owner’s sexual orientation and tastes.
And thank goodness for that. For a few minutes, I was worried my digital lover may not be able to keep up with my kinks.
The sex robots will also be covered with synthetic skin that is embedded with electronic sensors and heating elements. The combination will give the animatronic device the ability to respond to touch and keep them warm. All over.
Abyss Creations, which makes RealDolls — i.e. high-end sex dolls which are something of a gold standard in the silicone sex industry — seems optimistic about the potential these robots hold. In fact, founder and CEO Matt McMullen told Inverse he hopes robotic partners can take the doll/owner relationship to the next level:
I want to have people actually develop an emotional attachment to not only the robot but the actual character behind it. To develop some kind of love for this being.
(Seriously, y’all? This is getting a little too Westworld for my liking.)
Of course, with a price tag of $15,000, this doll isn’t for everyone.
However, if you consider the cost of contraception in America, a heating blanket, and those pesky little dates you have to take with real-life lovers, it may be an investment worth making.
But maybe not.