Will we ever want to have sex with robots?

Is this really the future of human-robot relations?

Meet Roxxxy, the sex robot with a triple XXX. Depending on your view, “she” is either at the cutting edge of the human-robot interface, or a modern reflection on some men’s difficulties in relating to real-life partners.

While sex aids are nothing new, what makes Roxxxy different is that “we’ve taken

It is enough for a rather impressive dancing routine from HRP-4C says the team, but for little else.

“One practical application for biped humanoid robots is the entertainment industry,” says AIST “provided the robots can move very realistically like humans.”
Loving the robot

In 2007, the British chess player and Magnificent but malevolent - Maria the robot from Fritz Lang's sci-fi classic Metropolis

Magnificent but malevolent – Maria the robot from Fritz Lang‘s sci-fi classic Metropolis

Such robots would be a “terrific service” for mankind, he argued.

As for Roxxxy, she weighs in at 60lb (27kg) is 5ft 7in (1.70m) high and comes with a variety of hair colours, moveable limbs and ‘lifelike’ skin.

She is the brainchild of electrical engineer and computer scientist Douglas Hines, the founder of TC Systems and True Companion, who formerly worked in the artificial intelligence lab at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

He says the sex robot developed from his firm’s line of healthcare robots, which were designed to look after elderly or infirm patients.

“Our skill-set is based on commercial and military robotics and what we did is we looked for an

Tim Bowler Business reporter - BBC News