[ExI] Disappointment

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sat Sep 26 21:10:28 UTC 2015

On 2015-09-26 17:51, BillK wrote:
> Pepper the robot's contract bans users from having sex with it.
> <http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-09/23/pepper-robot-sex-banned>

As I have argued,
banning sexrobots is unlikely to make humans nicer to each other, and 
there are a lot of fundamentally different reasons for why one would 
want to have sex with them - many of which are totally in the ethical clear.

Of course, were someone to build a robot they might not want it used for 
sex because (1) there might be legal safety issues (like cotton tips 
should not be put in the ear canal), which is OK, (2) because they think 
it would be wrong. For example, a Kantian might think human-robot sex is 
against human dignity, a engineer might just dislike the thought of 
somebody putting their nice designs *there*.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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