Porn Robots. Future sex or hi-tech for lazy wankers?

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Darryl Hannah as Pris in Blade Runner

Porn robots are coming. And their arrival has actually taken a lot longer than many expected.

I’m not much of a Science Fiction-fan, but Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is probably my favorite movie ever. In 1982 his team created a haunting and visually stunning view of the future, and they gave us Darryl Hannah as replicant “Pris” a Basic Pleasure Model. Given that she was one of the hottest young movie stars at the time, quite a few men fantasized about “What if they could actually make those…”

Past

In 1982, nobody thought that replicants would arrive in the near future, because cloning, robotics and artificial intelligence were still more theory than reality. But surely Virtual Sex couldn’t be too far off anymore? All it required was a combination of visual and tactile stimulation. So the smart guys merely needed to create a clever projection device that could be synchronized with some machine that “touches” you. That shouldn’t take them too long, right? 

In the early 90’s, the first Virtual Reality experiments popped up; VR was becoming reality. Virtual Reality is a computer generated world, that replaces your surroundings. The subject wears goggles that block the outside world and replace it with a projection. Of course the hearing also needs to be replaced, but VR hearing devices had existed for years already. They’re called headphones.

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So here we are, 20 years later, and VR still hasn’t arrived. But that’s about to change. The Oculus Rift is the first real commercial VR set, and it should hit the market in about one year.  As you might expect, it’s a combo of headphones and virtual reality goggles.

When such an important hardware product is about to be released, developers are invited to create software, applications, accessories, etc. So the first trade fairs for developers have already been organized. 

Tokyo

The main application for the Oculus Rift (By the way, is that really the best name they could come up with?) is gaming. Gaming is big business, and how much better will the experience get if you’re really in the game? But even if Gaming is king, Porn isn’t far behind. So at the recent “Oculus Rift Game Jam” in Tokyo, we saw the following demo:

Most stands displayed gaming applications for the VR goggles, but these guys showed us a fully automated hand job. Sure, everybody kept their pants on for the demo, but the images in the goggles were also displayed on the laptop, so it was clear why the robot hand was shaking that artificial vagina.

I have doubts about the use of an under-aged Manga girl to preform the services by the way…

Future

So is Virtual Sex the future? It might be, we already seem pretty familiar with the virtuality of shagging. For example, vibrators aren’t exactly “true to life”, and those are quite common. And how realistic is sex with a hooker? Lines like: “Ooh Baby, ooh baby, you’re the best.” or “When can I see you again Baby, because I really like you.” or “OMG, you’re so big!” probably don’t represent what she’s really feeling. And we seem to be fine with such simulation.

So let’s assume that game consoles will soon come with VR goggles. And even if a complete porn robot is too expensive, let’s assume that a robot arm extension becomes available for a few hundred. What will happen next? Will guys still spend a few hundred on a few dinner/movie/drink dates and hope for sex on the third date, or will they download their favorite pornstar and pound away on her Xbox? Dating may never be the same again….

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