In what almost sounds a bit like a Penthouse letter, researchers have predicted that sex robots will be the future of buying sex, and robots.
In a journal called Futures, management professor Ian Yeoman and sexologist Michelle Mars imagined a sex club in Amsterdam populated by the sex robots, where punters could be serviced by virtual creatures they describe as "sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features."
Predicting future issues with increased rates of sexually transmitted infection and human sex trafficking in the 2040s (a depressing thought considering that those who will be affected aren't even born yet), Yeoman and Mars describe their vision of a sex robot nightclub venue.
RedOrbit (which disturbingly uses the adjective "slutty" throughout the piece, proving that even robot women are subject to pejorative terms, even in the future) quotes the researchers' imaginings:
"It is modern and gleaming with about 100 scantily clad blonde and brunettes parading around in exotic G-strings and lingerie. Entry costs $10,000 for an all inclusive service... The most popular model is Irina, a tall, blonde, Russian exotic species who is popular with Middle Eastern businessmen."
"Those Australian researchers ought to come to the Bunny Ranch to see what real American sex is like- there's no way to duplicate it... At the Bunny Ranch, we say 'it's not just the sex, it's an adventure' -and often times it's more about the adventure than it is the sex."
"All in all, the regeneration of Amsterdam's sex industry has been about the success of the new breed of sex worker... Even clients feel guilt free as they actually haven't had sex with a real person and therefore don't have to lie to their partner."