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?

Sources

http://responsiblerobotics.org/2017/07/05/frr-report-our-sexual-future-with-robots/ 

http://uk.businessinsider.com/our-future-with-sex-robots-noel-sharkey-report-2017-7 

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

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