LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — Are robots the future of prostitution and sex tourism? That’s what two New Zealand researchers are claiming.
Ian Yeoman, management professor, and Michelle Mars, sexologist, are field experts at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Their work together revolved around the concept of futuristic sex tourism.
The hypothesis? Sex robots would become the leading ladies of sex-for-profit in the seemingly distant year of 2050.
The paper was called “Robots, Men and Sex Tourism,” a work that made its way into a journal called Futures, according to a report in The Dominion Post.
Part of their research involved the hypothetical creation of an Amsterdam sex club called “Yub-Yum,” where robot women create a land rife with “sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features.”
Dennis Hof, owner of the world-renowned Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nev., said that the plan is destined for failure.
“Those researchers ought to come to the Bunny Ranch to see what real American sex is like – there’s no way to duplicate it,” he told CBS Las Vegas. “At the Bunny Ranch, we say ‘it’s not just the sex, it’s an adventure’ – and often times it’s more about the adventure than it is the sex.”
However, Douglas Hines, founder of the world’s first sex robot company, True Companion LLC in Lincoln Park, N.J., noted the virtual lovers are already growing in popularity.
“Since we’ve launched the initial product … interest has ramped up dramatically in use by people in the U.S. and abroad,” he told CBS Las Vegas. “And the robots can assume any identity virtually … though we just have 18-plus as the age that the robot behaves like.”
The study detailed multiple health-related upsides to the use of robots in such locales.
”Robot sex is safer sex, free from the constraints, precautions and uncertainties of the real deal,” the paper said, adding that the robots would be cleaned of fluids and constructed of a bacteria-resistant material to further diminish the chance of sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
“One of the benefits of sex robots is that they remove exploitation of women from the equation, and the sex trade of underage [partners],” Hines added. “Underage women are exploited to meet the desires of others, whereas with the robots, there is no exploitation of anyone.”
Hof said that there is one element – a crucial one, in his opinion – that the robots will never be able to truly replicate for a man.
“The biggest part of the sex experience … is interaction with a woman,” he noted. “He wants to tell her stories, wants her to listen, wants her to act like she cares – a robot’s not going to do that.”