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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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Is It Good for Them Too? Ethical Concern for the Sexbots

Is It Good for Them Too? Ethical Concern for the Sexbots

(p.155) 9 Is It Good for Them Too? Ethical Concern for the Sexbots
Robot Sex

Steve Petersen

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on a corner of sexbot ethics that is rarely considered elsewhere: the question of whether and when being a sexbot might be good—or bad—for the sexbot. It claims that there is a surprisingly strong argument that it is permissible to design and create genuinely intelligent, ethically valuable robots for the explicit purpose of serving humans sexually. This argument does not depend in any way on the permissibility of human sex work; as far as the reasoning here is concerned, it may be that human sex work is always wrong. The argument is specific to robots, or more generally to artificially designed people.

Keywords:   Robot slavery, Sexual slavery, Sex work, Utilitarianism, Preference Satisfaction, Robotic personhood, Pleasure, Desire, Freedom

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