Demand for s*x with other humans might soon become less fashionable as scientists predict that in 30 years, s*x robots will take over the intimate life of many people.
Sex with robots could soon replace human intimate relationships according to a recent report. Already it is possible to buy basic sex robots like the True Companion Roxxxy (pictured) but technology will make make such bots more realisitic
Robots are already putting a variety of jobs under threat from security guards to office managers, but soon they could be venturing into the sex industry too.
Women and men could begin swapping human partners for androids within the next 10 years, according to predictions by a futurologist.
Dr Ian Pearson, an inventor who has made a career out of predicting the future for PR firms, has produced a report on the future of s*x. He believes that s*x with robots will become so popular that it will eventually overtake human intercourse by around 2050.
He believes that while the market for sex dolls is currently driven by male customers, sex robots could become as popular with women.
In the report, commissioned by Bondara, an adult online store, he said most people will have some form of sex using virtual reality headsets by 2030.
It comes at a time when many sex toy companies are developing new devices that integrate with smartphones and link to the internet.
Dr Pearson believes that in the future many toys will link directly to our nervous systems or even tap into our dreams.
Speaking to MailOnline, he said: ‘While there will be some people who will buy robots specifically for sex, most will buy them for use around the home.
‘But if they are spending as much on a domestic robot as they would on a family -sized car, they are not going to go for something ugly. They are going to pick robots they find attractive.
‘With artificial intelligence it is likely people will form relationships with these household robots and it is inevitable then that they will have sex with them too.’
In a recent presentation he made at the Eindhoven Design Academy, he said people may also be able to ‘hack’ their own appearance with technology.
For example polymer displays could be used to enhance nipples while hair extensions could incorporate ultrafine optical fibres.
Writing in his report for Bondara, Dr Pearson said: ‘As well as toys and apps, we’ll also get direct nervous systems links, dream linking and even body sharing.
‘You’ll be able to link your dream sex to other people, feel their sensations as well as your own, and directly stimulate orgasms by the touch of an icon, or even send someone an orgasm over messages.
‘Sex will be easier, safer, more frequent and a lot more fun.’
The report also suggests people will have ‘real sex’ wearing VR contact lenses and could be seeing a totally different person such as a celebrity, or alter their partner’s face or ‘costume’ to make them more attractive.
Along with the use of virtual reality, it claims humans will one day use technology to directly stimulate the septal area of the brain to create an orgasm at the touch of a button, share experiences, inhabit other people’s bodies, even lock a partner in place or control them electronically.
As imaged in the sci-fi drama ‘Humans’, the report predicts robots will replace human workers in strip clubs and brothels, while wealthy households could have their own ‘sexbots’ in just 10 years’ time.
The report suggests such robots would have AI ‘to offer a customisable personality with only the emotional baggage you want’ and would be ‘perfect for those people who want to live their ultimate fantasy without all the strings and emotional commitments of real relationships.
The report says: ‘For humans, VR can enhance appearance and the appearance of ability.
‘Your partner could have the perfect physique and entertain you with the sexiest moves, or they could just be their regular selves.’
Currently rudimentary robot sex dolls are available. One variety called True Companion – which comes as Roxxxy for the female variety and Rocky for the male – sell for $9995 (£6,900).
The dolls can be customised and the company offers a variety of skin tones, faces and hair colours. But while its articulated skeleton means the dolls can be positioned by hand, they cannot move their limbs independently.
Dr Pearson said: ‘Sex and the pleasure it provides has been fundamental to the human race for three billion years, and it isn’t going away any time soon.
‘VR and AI will together transform opportunities and exploration of desires. Social values will adapt to these new possibilities and loving relationships will remain important in spite of these shifts in values.
‘If we can keep love and our emotional human relationships but have more, better and safer sex, what’s not to like?’
However, some experts believe sexbots could seriously damage human relationships and Kathleen Richardson, robot ethicist at DeMontfort University, Leicester, said technology is ‘unnecessary and undesirable’.
But Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University, has also warned that teenagers may lose their virginity to sex robots in the future.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Professor Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor in Robotics at Sheffield University warned that robot nannies, driverless cars and android sex dolls may have damaging consequences for society.
He said that just as the rise of porn on the internet took the government by surprise, a robot revolution is on the way with wide-reaching effects.
Professor Sharkey, who was speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, explained: ‘It’s not a problem having sex with a machine, people do that sort of thing already. But what if it’s your first time, your first relationship?
‘What do you think of the opposite sex then? What do you think a man is, or a woman is?
He added: ‘It will get in the way of real life, stopping people forming relationships with normal people.’