Cheok, Devlin, and Levy, in their book ‘Love and Sex with Robots’ (2017), noted that the intimate relationship between humans and robots is no longer pure science fiction but has entered the hallowed halls of thoughtful scientific research. Researchers are implementing several robot companions, including sex robots, humanoid robots, emotional robots, and AI systems that simulate human emotions. With robot technology and AI developments, sex robots are likely to become more popular than sex dolls presently in the market, and marriage and sex with robots could soon be popular. I will argue for Cheok, Devlin, and Levy’s claim that sex and marriage with robots be popular considering the accelerated pace of robot technology and AI developments and extensive studies in robot companions. As artificial intelligence becomes advanced and interaction between humans and robots becomes increasingly personal, marriage and sex with robots could become possible and popular. I will also examine the impact of sex with a robot on future human relationships and moral issues concerning technology.
Cheok, Devlin, and Levy were correct in their argument that humans may consider robots to gratify their physical desires, including sexual urge in the near future. The intimate robotics might not only consist of physical sex, which to date has dominated science fiction. Intimate robots could be designed in a manner that not only satisfy sexual desires, but also other intimate needs, including psychological satisfaction (Cheok, Devlin, & Levy, 2017). According to a study by Sullins ‘Robots, Lover, and Sex’ the research noted that robot scientists are not yet closer to building an android indistinguishable from a human. However, that is not any of the requirements why humans might be developing intimate attachment with robots. The author argued that the robots are unique because the kind of intimate relationship they can form with humans is based on the sophisticated qualities they hold. Physical robots have traits that can induce sense of attachment from the users (Sullins, 2012, p 298-299). The traits can be achieve through behavior generation, effective modeling (Brooks & Arkin 2007). As a result, possible to develop unidirectional emotional connection formation between humans and robots.