A “sexbot” is a robot designed to for the purpose of having sex. (Sex, when used in the short form to mean “sexual intercourse,” is by definition between humans, so pleasuring oneself on a robot would be more akin to masturbation rather than sex. Of course, definitions change. The meaning of “sex” has been expanded to include what was once called sodomy, so why not expand it to include sex with robots?)
Some may be skeptical. Can sex with a robot ever be as good as sex with a real live woman? (And I write this from the perspective of a man having sex with a sexbot because, given what we know about the market for pornography, sexbots will be of little interest to women.) Sex with the sexbot doesn’t necessarily have to be as good. So long as the sexual experience is better than what’s currently available via pornography and masturbation, there will be a big market for it.
One can easily imagine sexbots being a lot better than what’s currently available via pornography and masturbation, so good that many men might prefer sexbots over human women.
Sex with sexbots carries a lot less risk than sex with live women, and I’m not just talking about the obvious risk of sexually transmitted diseases (not to mention catching their regular diseases like colds and influenza). There’s a lot of emotional risk involved with sex as well, such as rejection by women you want to have sex with, falling in love and then being dumped, worry about not being able to perform as well as other men, and even the shameful embarrassment of not being able to perform at all. The sex robot will give you no-hassle sex and happily fulfill any sexual fantasy its programming is capable of without complaint, and without the embarrassment of having the merits of your sexual fantasy judged by a human.
The ultimate danger for society is that the population will die out after the widespread adoption of sexbots because people will stop having real sex. At the very least, if a significant percentage of men have their sexual needs fulfilled by sexbots, women’s sexual capital will suffer a huge setback. Instead of there being a woman shortage, there will now be a man shortage. Thus, sexbots will be a big boon for men, even for those men who choose not to take advantage of them directly.
Before you go dump your girlfriend or divorce your wife in expectation of being able to buy a sexbot in a few years, I’d recommend waiting. I see at least two reasons why sexbots may not be available in our lifetimes. The first reason is that advances in robotics are happening very slowly. Current technology can’t even produce a practical robot than can clean your bathroom for you—and such a robot doesn’t have to be very smart or even look human. A sexbot is surely a lot more complicated.
The second reason is that anything that sounds as “too good to be true” as a sexbot will surely be made illegal. Perhaps you are thinking “but the government couldn’t stop pornography.” The reason why the government is powerless to stop pornography is because all that’s required to produce it is a camera. Sexbots, on the other hand, seem to be at least as complicated to manufacture as an LCD monitor or an automobile, so only a small number of huge corporations will have the capability of manufacturing sexbots, and if the government forbids the manufacture of sexbots, then those corporations will obey the law and stick to manufacturing robots for commercial and personal non-sex household use.