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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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From Sex Robots to Love Robots: Is Mutual Love with a Robot Possible?

From Sex Robots to Love Robots: Is Mutual Love with a Robot Possible?

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Robot Sex

Sven Nyholm

Lily Eva Frank

The MIT Press

This chapter looks into the possibility of genuine loving relationships with robots (mutual love). Our primary aim is to offer a framework for approaching the question of mutual love. But we also sketch a tentative answer. Our tentative answer is that whereas mutual love between humans and sex-robots is not in principle impossible, it is hard to achieve. Nevertheless, building robots capable of mutual love may help to address concerns raised by critics of human-robot sexual relationships. Our discussion below generates a “job description” that advanced sex-robots would need to live up in order to be able to participate in relationships that can be recognized as mutual love.

Keywords:   Love, Philosophy of love, Mutual Love, Sex Robots, Objectification, Relationships, Intimacy, Empathy

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