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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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The Case for Sexbots

The Case for Sexbots

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Robot Sex

Neil McArthur

The MIT Press

Many people view the imminent arrival of sexbots with anxiety or hostility. This chapter identifies several philosophical justifications that might be given for opposing sexbots. It argues that these justifications are not sufficient, on balance, to establish that the development of sexbots should be viewed as harmful. On the contrary, we should view their development as something that should be welcomed and promoted, and we should actively combat any stigmas that exist against robot sex. Sexbots can be a solution, if admittedly an imperfect one, to sexual deprivation, in situations where people are isolated from potential partners or have difficulty forming relationships. They can also help people in long-term relationships by addressing certain common problems that can arise in such relationships.

Keywords:   Sexual Trauma, Desire Discrepancy, Inequality, New Natural Law Theory, Procreationism

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