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Love and sex with robots: ten hot topics for future medicine sexology research

Campagna, A1; Burtè, C2; Santos, S3

1: Medical Doctor (Aesthetics Expert), Bachelor at Aesthetic Italian Medical School Milano ; 2: Medical Doctor, Sexologist, Urologist, President of French Riviera Sexologist Association and Director of DIU Sexologie Nice University Hospital French Nice (France). ; 3: Engineer Synthea Amatus Barcelona ( Spain)

Introduction: Companies are developing highly humanoid sexrobots for sexual gratification that in the future will become more and more widespread. A robot designed for sex is different when compared with other sex aids because human anthropomorphism may lead to perceive robots as a new ontological category that exists in a fantasy between the living and the inanimate. The new sexrobot generation added also intimacy, companionship, and conversation to sexual gratification. There is actually a lot big media interest in this topic and an intense debate in academic community from engineers, ethicists, social scientists, lawyers, roboticists and tech scholars. On the other side, sexual medicine studies carried out on that are unfortunately very few. (Only 3 in pub med)

Objective: of this speech is to present a systematic review of the issues and various opinions about sexrobots in order to individuate the main topics of the future sexual research on this field.

Method: we begin by presenting an overview of the technological state-of the-art in sex robots and parallel sextech. Then  we present Samantha the lifelike robot doll created by Sinthea Amatus in Barcelona. . It interacts with users through artificial intelligence (It can also tell jokes and discuss philosophy ) and can switch between a sex setting ( which can include an orgasm simulation) and a family mode

Results: we identified 10  main questions that would be the most important topics in the robots related sexology research 1) who are those people who have sex with a robot? Why? 2) What kind of sexual response, physiological arouse and sexual satisfaction in intercourse with a robot? 3) What kind of sexual practices and relationship can we have? 4)Are different the sexual interactions with male and female sexrobot? 5) Could sexrobot be helpful in the therapy of sexual dysfunction 6) Could robot sex workers and bordellos be acceptable? 7). Will sex robots change societal perceptions of gender? 8) Could sexual intimacy with robots lead to greater social isolation? 9) Could robots have a role in sexuality of disabled people? 10). Would sexrobots help to reduce sex crimes?

Conclusions :What is needed now is a scientific medical sexual research network program about this new important trend in sexuality in order to provide evidence based reliable data to assess the role of sexrobots in sexual therapy and to support  sociological studies and a broader societal discussion.

Disclosure:

Work supported by industry: no, by synthea Amatus sex robots Barcellona (no industry support in study design or execution). The presenter or any of the authors act as a consultant, employee (part time or full time) or shareholder of an industry.

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