As technology advances, more and more jobs will be delegated to our robot counterparts. Jobs like driving, surgery and companionship.
Yes, I said companionship. They won’t just take our jobs, they will become our companions.
Futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson opened up about the role that robots will take in our lives as early as 2025.
He believes that humans sleeping with robots in place of humans will be commonplace by 2025. His report on the future of intimate relations between humans and robots was published in partnership with United Kingdom’s leading adult toy stores, Bondara.
By 2030 relations between humans and robots might be as common as viewing adult films on the internet is now. By 2035 we may even have toys (robots) that will interact with virtual reality. Dr. Pearson also believes that intimate robot relations will overtake relations between humans.
Dr. Pearson believes it will take awhile for society to accept these relations between man and machine just like it took ages to accept the adult film industry. He believes that as the robots improve in their look and feel, more and more people will be drawn to this idea.
“A lot of people will still have reservations about [intimate relation] with robots at first but gradually as they get used to them, as the AI and mechanical behaviour and their feel improves,” says Dr. Pearson “And they start to become friends with strong emotional bonds, that squeamishness will gradually evaporate. While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot relations as soon as they can afford one as early as 2025. It won’t have much chance of overtaking relations with humans overall until 2050.”
Dr. Pearson also pointed out that robots have actually been used for human pleasure for decades now in the form of vibrators.
People are always looking for ways to spice up their intimate relations and he backs this up with the fact that the pleasure toy market grows by 6% every year.
There is already a campaign led by Dr. Kathleen Richardson called ‘Campaign Against Pleasure Robots.’ It is believed that they are dangerous and will create unrealistic and unhealthy attitudes and expectations towards intimate relations.
But for right now, this is all speculation. I guess we will have to wait and see.