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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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Intimacy, Bonding, and Sex Robots: Examining Empirical Results and Exploring Ethical Ramifications

Intimacy, Bonding, and Sex Robots: Examining Empirical Results and Exploring Ethical Ramifications

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(p.247) 13 Intimacy, Bonding, and Sex Robots: Examining Empirical Results and Exploring Ethical Ramifications
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Robot Sex
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Matthias Scheutz

Thomas Arnold

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.003.0013

Robots designed for sexual interaction present distinctive ethical challenges to received notions of physical intimacy, pleasure, social relationships, and social space. In this chapter, we build upon our recent survey on attitudes toward sex robots with the results from a second, expanded survey that broaches possible advantages and disadvantages of interacting with such robots, both individually and socially. We show that the first study’s results were replicated with respect to appropriate forms, contexts, and uses for sex robots; in addition, we find a systematic concern with how robots might risk harming human relationships. We conclude that ethical reflection on sex robots must include a wider consider-ation of the impact of social robots as a whole, with finer-grained examination of how intimacy and companionship define human relationships.

Keywords:   Intimacy, Relationships, Public Attitudes

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