Maybe Sex Robots Will Make Men, Not Women, Obsolete

They might at least create some healthy competition.

By Cathy O'Neil

Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have raised a dystopian concern for women: What if female robots become so realistic — and so adept at sex — that they render men incapable of engaging in real human relationships?

Next, massages. Photographer: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images


섹스로봇 나오면 남성들 쓸모없어질지도...

  섹스로봇이 나오면 남성들은 쓸모없어질지도 모른다는 주장이 나왔다.

지난 5일(현지시각) 블룸버그통신의 보도에 따르면 수학자이자 데이터 과학자인 캐시 오닐 박사는 " 남성들은 섹스 로봇의 등장을 걱정해야 한다"면서 "로봇의 능력이 남성을 능가할 가능성은 전적으로 크다"고 말했다.

또 "#미투(#MeToo) 시대에 파트너를 선택하는 기준이 높아지는 건 꽤 합리적인 생각이다. 그리고 이건 사실"이라고 말했다.

오닐 박사는 섹스 로봇이 해킹을 당해 살인 기계로 변할 위험성을 배제할 수 없다면서도 "남성 파트너로 인한 살인율을 고려하면 성인용 로봇의 해킹은 그리 크게 걱정할 필요는 없다"고 주장했다.

오닐 박사가 꼽은 섹스 로봇의 장점은 또 있다. 차별하지 않으며, 좋은 마사지를 제공할 수 있고, 요리를 하고, 집을 지키기까지 한다. 오닐 박사는 "만약에 딸이 있다면, 대학선물로 섹스로봇 주는 걸 고려해볼 것"이라고 밝혔다.

오닐 박사는 "미래의 여성들은 집안일까지 할 수 있는 늠름한 남성형 로봇에 푹 빠질 수 있다”면서 “누군가를 사랑하고 그 누군가와 성적 관계를 원하는 건 인간의 기본 욕구이지만, 대부분 여성은 또한 집안일을 공평하게 분담할 누군가를 찾는다”고 말했다.

오닐 박사는 "로봇이 우리의 성적인 욕구를 채워준다면, 우리는 (남녀가 같이 살게 되지 않더라도) 공동체로서 더 강해질 수 있다"고 주장했다.


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Actually, I think it’s the men who should be worried. It’s entirely possible that robots can outperform them.

Perhaps it’s time for a Big Think. Are women not as capable as men of crude objectification? There’s room here for everyone’s impure thoughts and desires. Robots don’t discriminate, and they can probably give good massages.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a good husband. I doubt I would trade in. But if I had a daughter, I might consider giving her a robot as a college graduation present. Preferably one who can do the dishes and guard the door.

And yes, I do think women could get spoiled by dashing menbots. Their standards might go up. They might even be lost to the dating pool altogether — like what’s already happened with some Japanese men.

Would that be such a bad thing? In the #MeToo age, I feel like raising standards is quite reasonable. It’s called for, in fact. Make the men compete. It’s the dating equivalent of having free state colleges lower tuition rates everywhere.



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Granted, there could be dangers. There is, for example, the possibility that hackers could turn sex robots into killers. But the statistician in me can’t help asking: Would that make them more of a threat than actual men? Given the baseline murder rate for human sexual partners, it’s hard to get too worried. Plus, if they can understand female anatomy — I mean, really understand it — maybe it’s worth the risk.

Just to be clear: I’m not saying we should want to live in a militant feminist world without men. Far from it, I am suggesting that women and men can coexist, but possibly not cohabitate. Men will likely have trouble with things like household chores and remembering to go to the doctor regularly, but they’ll manage. Maybe Siri can make their appointments.

Who knows? If our sexual needs can be met by intimate automated helpers, maybe we’ll end up stronger as a community. We’ll come together, online or in person, and be more respectful, more relaxed, less edgy. It’s worth a try. So bring on the sex robots.



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