Will Sex Robots Cure The ‘Incel’ Phenomenon?

British computer scientist, and author, Kate Devlin addresses our curiosities (and fears) about the ongoing relationship between touch and tech.

LUZ: Why are people scared of sex robots?

DEVLIN: I think there’s a lot of fear that has to do with a general reluctance to talk about sex combined with a fear of robots. We judge sex toys still, even though that’s starting to change. We worry about being replaced by robots all the time, and there’s nothing more threatening than the idea of having your partner replace you with a robot. Even if that does happen, it would be centuries into the future. I think that, as humans, it’s in our very bodies to seek out other humans. I don’t think we’re going to get the same thing from a robotic companion, no matter how good it is, because it’s not going to be the same as a human relationship. It will be some other form of relationship, but it won’t replace a human one.

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