18 Sep 2017

If you have the skills, make artificial limbs, not sexy robots

It is overwhelmingly obvious that Wright is a man of exceptional talent. It is disappointing, however, that he would devote this talent to the pursuit of incarnating female form to serve male fantasy.

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If you have the skills, make artificial limbs, not sexy robots - NewsMavens
Sandy the sex doll, Wikicommons.

Why this story matters:

Samantha the sex robot made the hosts of a British breakfast show uncomfortable. It is unclear exactly what made them uncomfortable -- her beauty, her lifelike appearance, her purpose? -- but they were very clear on the fact that they found the whole affair macabre.

Samantha was accompanied by her Dr. Frankenstein, Arran Lee Wright. The hosts asked him a slew of psycho-philosophical questions, which he more or less answered by praising the robot’s realistic skin tone -- apparently a rarity on the sex robot market.

It is overwhelmingly obvious that Wright is a man of exceptional talent. It is disappointing, however, that he would devote this talent to the pursuit of incarnating female form to serve male fantasy. The interview does not go into Wright’s motivations, nor does it offer a overview of his background. It may be that the talented roboteer was simply not presented with the right opportunities.

So tech giants and biomed bigwigs, please watch that interview and offer that man a job, one that heals and saves lives.

Details from the story:

  • Samantha is the first sex robot to be powered by AI
  • Her creator, Arran Lee Wright, claims that sex robots can enhance interpersonal relations rather than replace them.
  • Psychologist Emma Kenny disagreed with Wright and argued that sex robots are commercializing the female body and encouraging paraphilia.
  • Arran Lee Wright's wife says that she does not fear being replaced by the doll, and that it has improved their relationship.
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