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Dr D Narayana Reddy
Dr D Narayana Reddy


Robotic sex

Toys are here to stay but use them with care

Sex with robots is just around the corner, with the first sexbots coming… sometime next year," Artificial Intelligence expert David Levy told the International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots at Goldsmiths, University of London. The conference in London showcases some of the latest developments in robotic sex toys, such as gadgets which allow couples to kiss, no matter how far apart they are. The sex robot industry is thriving, with some academics predicting that humans will be having more sex with robots than with each other by 2050. Jessica M. Szczuka of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, along with Professor Nicole Kramer, conducted an online survey of 263 heterosexual men 18 to 67 years. The men were shown a two-minute video of different female robots. When asked whether they would buy such a robot within the next five years, 40.3 per cent said yes.

40roboticsex Illustration: Bhaskaran

While the debate is raging if the use of gadgets is detrimental to the relationship, let us ponder the so called gadgets called sex toys. Whether we like it or not gadgets are here to stay and they will shape the future of our sex lives.

There is nothing harmful about using these sex toys or accessories. A better, scientific name for sex toys is sexual aids. They help in solving sexual problems and enhancing sexual pleasure. Research has documented that many people use them regularly. One American study found that 56 per cent of the study subjects used porn videos, 46 per cent were connoisseurs of lingerie and 27 per cent used sex toys. Among those who used sex toys it was found that the male took the initiative 64 per cent of times and the female in 36 per cent.

Sex toys/ accessories are not modern inventions. The legendary Kamasutra teaches how to make and use dildos and artificial penises. Dildo-like objects were found in the excavations of Harappa. Cleopatra was said to have had a small container of buzzing bees by her bedside as a standby. Sex toys come in various shapes and sizes. You can choose your pick from artificial penises, vaginas, penis rings, clitoral devices, butt plugs, feathery dolls, life-size inflatable dolls with artificial genitals. And, the vibrators have an interesting history. They were designed in the 19th century as a medical treatment for 'female hysteria', a common health complaint thought to be caused by deprivation of orgasm. The vibrator proved to be a great treatment tool as they triggered what was then known as 'hysterical paroxysm' (technical term for orgasm). Aptly the first (coal-fired) vibrating device was named 'manipulator'.

Those who resort to sex toys should be careful. Indiscriminate substitution or use of these gadgets will desensitise sex to such an extent that regular sex will no longer be satisfactory. These toys should be used as a prelude to languid sex.

* There is nothing weird about sex accessories.

* They are prescribed by sexologists for therapeutic purposes.

* Even functional couples use them for enhancing sexual pleasure.

* Both men and women use them.

* They are useful for single individuals, as by their use casual sexual contacts can be avoided.

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