Well, Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned!

As predicted some time ago, ‘celebrities’ (to use the term in its loosest sense) are now selling their images for sex robots!  The newest addition may be particular familiar to certain US politicians …

To (somewhat reluctantly) quote Sputnik International Society

“As the popular adult film star Stormy Daniels is hitting the twilight of her career at 39, she has found a new way to make substantial earnings. She has licensed her image to a sex robot company, Realdoll. The porn star who is suing US President Donald Trump over an alleged “non-disclosure agreement,” has licensed her face and body to the firm. Now the blonde bombshell has made a deal with a California-based tech company Realdoll to create a sex doll in her image, publication the Daily Star reported. Realdoll makes and sells replicas of other adult stars, including Lupe Fuentes, Asa Akari, Kaylani Lei, Alektra, Jessica Drake and Samantha Saint. The company founded by Matt McMullen, Realbotix, is a subsidiary of Realdoll, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of talking AI sex robots whose distinctive personalities are designed to evolve over time. The Daniels doll, which cost $6,000, is “lifelike and made true to the porn model’s actual measurements,” according to the Realdoll website.”

(Now, if neither ‘Sputnik International’ not the Daily Star are to be regarded as the most reliable of sources, there is certainly evidence of online crowdfunding associated with this ‘project’ [link not provided].)

Of course, this is exactly the scenario raised in the 2015 paper, Robot Sex: Ethics and Morality.  So now we know the answer to one of the questions …

Q. Could celebrities ‘sell’ themselves?

A. Yes, apparently.

Fortunately, some of the other dilemmas raised by the paper …

Q. Would an appropriate use of a robot ‘true companion’ be to, say, recreate a departed partner for emotional continuity? Perhaps an ex-partner … against their wishes? What about someone whose essential data has just been captured – completely without their knowledge – in the street on (say) Google Glass? How about a neighbour’s twelve-year-old daughter?

… are yet to be put to the test.

But perhaps only a matter of time?

About Vic Grout

Chair, Clwyd South Labour Party; Professor of Computing Futures, Wrexham Glyndwr University View all posts by Vic Grout

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