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Robot SexSocial and Ethical Implications$
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John Danaher and Neil McArthur

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036689

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.001.0001

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On the Very Idea of Sex with Robots

On the Very Idea of Sex with Robots

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(p.15) 2 On the Very Idea of Sex with Robots
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Robot Sex
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Mark Migotti

Nicole Wyatt

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.003.0002

If a sex robot is a robot is a robot with whom (or which) we can have sex, then we need to know what it is to have sex with a robot. In order to know this, we need to know what it is to have sex, and what a robot is. This chapter examines the first question, what is it to have sex. It argues that having sex can be understood as a an epitome of being sexual together in much the same way having a conversation can be understood as an epitome of what Paul Grice calls a “talk exchange”. The answer to this question sheds some light on the second by telling us some of the criteria a robot would have to meet before we could plausibly have sex with it. The chapter concludes that as long as the sex robots in question do not exercise real agency, then sexual relationships between human beings will continue to offer something that sexual activity involving the sex robots does not.

Keywords:   Paul Grice, Philosophy of Language, Defining Sex, Masturbation

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