A campaign, creatively named the Campaign Against Sex Robots, want to stop people having sex with robots. More specifically, they want to prevent sex robots being made in the first place.
Dr Kathleen Richardson, who is leading the campaign, is worried that robots designed as sex toys (think, super hi-tech sex doll, like a next level Lars and The Real Girl) will normalise stereotypes around women and reinforce the idea that a relationship can be purely physical.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: “Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on – how they will look, what roles they would play – are very disturbing indeed,”
Richardson went on to add: “We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women.”
The website explains the campaign further: “We believe that an organized approach against the development of sex robots is necessary in response the numerous articles and campaigns that now promote their development without critically examining their detrimental effect on society. As humanoid robots become more widespread it is necessary to develop an engaged ethical response to the development of these new technologies.”