In my routine Google search for “sex robots,” I stumbled upon Roxxxy. She received a lot of press last year when she was unveiled at the Adult Entertainment Expo. Roxxxy is a 60-pound sex robot with “veins” and “bones.” She can’t walk, but she can talk, thrust her hips back and forth, and bob her head up and down. Her vagina, anus, and mouth are motor-driven and touch sensitive. Created by Douglas Hines, an engineer with an interest in artificial intelligence, she’s programmed with five personalities, including Frigid Farrah and S&M Susan. However, what’s really interesting about Roxxxy isn’t how realistic she is (she’s not), it’s Hines’ perception of his sex robot that took him nine years to develop:
“What we offer is companionship. Unconditional love. When people say, ‘Oh, you create robots or sex robots,’ they’re right. We do create a product that provides that functionality, but the reality is what we’re doing is we’re giving someone who doesn’t have somebody to love, someone to talk to, a confidante.”
This led me to wonder, can you love a robot? David Levy addresses this issue in Love and Sex with Robots. His answer is unequivocally, yes. Humans can get attached to inanimate objects like their computers, he says. Once the attachment begins, the computer owner begins to think that their mass-produced computer is a unique object; it is special because it is theirs. But falling in love with a robot requires more than just attachment, according to Levy. He posits that there are “three routes to falling in love with robots”:
1. Loving robots because they’re just like us. “Robots will become more and more human in appearance and personality, encouraging us to like and love them.”
2. Loving robots because you have technophilia (“a love for machines and technology.”)
3. Loving robots because you’re a social outcast who can’t have relationships with people.
Although the idea sounds preposterous, some elderly seem to love their baby harp seal robots. But I’m not sure that our technology has progressed to the point where we could love a robot in the same way that we would love a real person. However, that doesn’t stop Hines’ from trying. On his company’s website TrueCompanion.com, there’s a FAQ on how to seduce your sex robot:
For a date, what kind of place would Roxxxy like to go and which personality would you suggest be turned on for this kind of romantic setting?
She is comfortable staying home and watching a movie or ordering dinner to be delivered.
She would love to talk or get down to “business” with you, interacting with you all the time!
As far as the personality to select, it is up to you – if you want to take it easy, “Frigid Farrah” would love to hang out with you and make small talk. But if you are feeling frisky, “Wild Wendy” will do the trick!
I would love to love a robot. Dating robots could solve a lot of relationship problems. They’re always ready for sex. They never age. They only say what you want them to say:
“She also has a personality which is matched exactly as much as possible to your personality. So she likes what you like, dislikes what you dislike, etc. She also has moods during the day just like real people! She can be sleepy, conversational or she can “be in the mood”!”
I don’t know if I could fall in love with a robot even if I programmed it to be the male Hallie (there’s a male version of Roxxxy called Rocky). It’s hard enough to tell people that you’re gay in our society, let alone tell them that you’re in love with a robot. And what if I loved Roxxxy more than Rocky? Would I be doubly judged for being in love with a lesbian robot dildographer?
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