Ian Pearson, a well regarded futurologist known for his spot on predictions, believes that in 50 years having sex with robots will be even more common than having sex with humans. While this seems extreme and bizarre, recent results from a poll demonstrate that a large percentage of Americans agree with him, even though they would think twice about having sex with a robot.
The YouGov poll analyzed different results from men and women and compared them to each other. These results demonstrate that men have an easier time wrapping their heads around this new change. 24 percent of them admitted that they’d consider having sex with a robot while only nine percent of women agreed with them.
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The results from the poll get more complicated on further inspection. Around 14 percent of adults believe that engaging in sexual acts with robots is considered “real sex,” while 33 percent of them believe that it’s not and that it’s more similar to masturbation. These results show that it’s still hard to define what sex is, especially if you throw a robot into the mix.
When it comes to being in a relationship with a human and cheating on them with a robot, the answers are complicated too. 32 percent of adults believe that engaging in sexual activities with a robot while in a monogamous relationship counts as cheating, while 33 percent of them believe that it’s not. When you analyze the results according to gender, the results vary, with 37 percent of men thinking that having sex with a robot isn’t cheating, while 27 percent of them believe that it is. For women, the results are reversed, with 37 percent of them believing that having sex with a robot while in a monogamous relationship is cheating, while 27 percent of them thinking that it isn’t.
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While this poll is merely speculative, we have to admit that the possibility of advanced robots with AI, realistic looking sex bots, and emerging technologies have us all wondering about the future of the world in which we’ll live. Thankfully, history shows that humans can adapt well to change, no matter how scary or weird it is.