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Sex-For-Hire Robots Predicted By 2050

Monday, April 23, 2012 22:07
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The image is one of a series about the life of a personal robot. The time is the near future where personal robots are sold to do erveryday business or switch into a romantic mode to entertain women.
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Will this be the future of luxury bachelor and bachelorette parties? Maybe it’s something you could get your grandkids. By 2050, bordellos will offer for-hire sex robots for disease- and guilt-free pleasure, according to a new scientific paper.

The research, published in the May issue of the journal Futures, sits incongruously among more staid titles about new spatial planning methods and urban sprawl. The paper is meant to be a “futuristic scenario” that “pushes plausibility to the limit,” write its authors, Michelle Mars and tourism professor Ian Yeoman, both of the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Nevertheless, they said, “It is feasible. Society has had relationships with machines and we continue to have increasingly intimate relationships with more and more sophisticated technologies.” And for the sex tourism industry, it’s something to look forward to, they said. Commercial sex robots would be free of disease and would reduce the trafficking of real people for sex work, they write.

To explore their ideas, Yeoman and Mars envisioned Amsterdam’s sex tourism industry in 2050. They imagined “Yub-Yum,” a sex club for business travelers, which would sell “all-inclusive service” — including massages, lap dances and intercourse — for 10,000 Euros, or about $13,000.

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