Sure, sure. We all fell in love with Scarlett Johansson‘s voice in Her. But that was just a movie, and Joaquin Phonix played a lonely dude with little human interaction. Right?
Well we may have lived vicariously through those characters in the Oscar-winning film, but it turns out screenwriter and director Spike Jonze was actually onto something. And by something we mean sex. Good old fashioned, robotic sex.
That’s right, adding a little hardware to our bedrooms is about to become the norm, because human-to-robot sex is on track to becoming more common than human-to-human sex. How soon, you ask? According to futurologists (that’s a thing, we didn’t make it up), the magic date is 2050.
The info was released in a recent report across the pond, which was done in conjunction with Bondara — a sex toy shop in the UK. In it, Dr. Ian Pearson points out that robotic sex toys like vibrators are commonplace now, having been used for a century. Now, he believes that virtual reality porn is the next wave of jollies.
“While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot sex as soon as they can afford one — as early as 2025, it won’t have much chance of overtaking sex with humans overall until 2050,” he writes.
Well that’s a bleak outlook if we ever heard one.
While we aren’t judging anyone willing to grind their gears, it might be good old fashioned skin-on-skin contact with us for now.
“A lot of people will still have reservations about sex with robots at first but gradually as they get used to them, as the AI and mechanical behaviour and their feel improves, and they start to become friends with strong emotional bonds, that squeamishness will gradually evaporate,” Pearson promises.
Well in that case, robot dance parties for everyone.