As an expert in consumer electronics, this is a field I've studied for some time.I first wrote about love and sex with robots a decade ago, arguing not only that people would fall in love with robots and have sex with them, but that we would also be marrying robots by the year 2050.Bored and supposedly lonely men are said to be turning to the robotic and slightly female tones of Apple's Siri assistant and its ilk for company -- and maybe more.
We can expect the first ones to resemble the current Real Dolls, a range of expensive but extraordinarily detailed silicone sex dolls made in America, but with more 'functionality'.
This will be comparatively limited at first – some basic words, some simple movements and vibrations in response to touch.
A subplot of 2015 film Ex Machina features the ambiguously portrayed abuse of emergent gynoids as sex robots.
Westworld features such robots as a permanent fixture.
Web news channel The Young Turks highlighted the impossibility of banning them to be consequential on both social and technological benefits.
In Futurama, it claims is established that human civilisations once collapsed from several centuries ago - according to the propaganda video - due to the ubiquity of sex robots distracting the world's populace from expending efforts on anything else at all.
Don't forget that electronic sex toys – the technical term is 'dildonics' – have been available for decades. And in December the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots is taking place at Goldsmiths University in London.
The event was cancelled last year when it was due to be held in Malaysia, because the Chief of Police in Kuala Lumpur decreed that the subject was immoral and announced that he would throw the co-organisers, of whom I am one, in jail if we went ahead.
Fantasies featuring relationships between human beings and robots are nothing new, from Ira Levin's book The Stepford Wives, first filmed in 1975, to the growing list of more recent and current productions: Lars And The Real Girl, Her, the TV series Humans, and now Westworld. Dr Kathleen Richardson, of De Montfort University, has started a campaign against sex robots, arguing that they will encourage us to regard real human beings as no more than 'things'.
'Sex dolls are inspired by ways of relating that do not require empathy.
Eckstein said of their motivations to hit on a bot: "People want to flirt, they want to dream about a subservient girlfriend, or even a sexual slave.