Those findings come from the first exploratory survey of human attitudes toward sex robots.
Such research has huge implications beyond whether humanity ends up using robots for sexual satisfaction—it can also reveal gender differences in how people view modern human relationships. researcher made headlines by calling for a ban on sex robot technology.
Debates about sex robots typically focus on either the crude robotic sex toys of today or Hollywood’s science fiction fantasies such as “A. But there has been surprisingly little effort to find out what people think about robots and sex in the real world.That is why researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts set out to discover out what people think sex robots should look like and what uses of such robots would be considered appropriate.“Especially when it comes to the potential of these machines to cause emotional harm to humans.” Previous attempts to poll public opinion on sexbots have usually asked just several basic questions about whether or not people would have sex with a robot. Their work was presented at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2016) on March 9.Scheutz and Thomas Arnold, a research associate at Tufts University, went for a more complex survey by having people rank answers to a wide variety of questions on a 7-point Likert scale with 1 meaning “completely inappropriate” and 7 meaning “completely appropriate.” The university researchers recruited 57 males and 43 females through the Amazon Mechanical Turk online service in an effort to get a more representative national sampling of the U. Men and women shared a common understanding of sex robot capabilities and how sex with a robot should be classified in comparison with human relationships.One of the greatest differences in opinion came up regarding use of sex robots for sex offenders.
Women showed disapproval on average by giving an “inappropriate” rating of 3.7 on the 7-point scale, whereas men gave a more favorable “appropriate” rating of 4.88 on average.
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