Report highlights dangers of child-like sex robots

Signal of change / Report highlights dangers of child-like sex robots

By Anna Simpson / 24 Jul 2017

Professor Noel Sharkey and Aimee van Wynsberghe, co-directors of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, have released a report exploring the impact of robots on society, with a focus on our sexual relationships. In particular, it highlights the impact of child-like sex robots on child pornography.  

So what?

The ethics of our relationship to robots and other AI applications is a growing field of exploration: and none too soon. Already, a court in Canada is investigating whether a man importing a child-like sex robot from Japanese company Harumi Designs is guilty of child pornography.

In July, a group of five major tech companies launched a new Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.

Who else should be involved in these conversations, and what checks are needed?


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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