The idea of the seductive sex robot is the stuff of myth, legend and science fiction. From the ancient Greeks to twenty-first century films, robots in human form have captured our imagination, our hopes and our fears. But beyond the fantasies there are real and fundamental questions about our relationship with technology as it moves into the realm of robotics. Should we form intimate relationships with machines? Should robots be provided with a sexuality? How will it affect our everyday lives? Can we use them for therapy? Do they breach our laws on obscenity? Could they ever feel love?

Sexual activity is central to our very existence; it shapes how we think, how we act and how we live. It is deeply embedded in our society. With advances in technology come machines that may one day think independently. What will happen to us when we form close relationships with these intelligent systems? What, ultimately, does it means to be human in a future of machines?

Department of Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London