Advances in technology, in particular artificial intelligence (AI), are impacting our everyday lives in ever more ways — including our sex lives. Sex robots — life-size, lifelike machines powered by AI and used for sexual purposes — are one such emerging technological system. While they remain very niche, those who make, use and study them believe the market offers room for growth.
But to see if and how demand for sex robots grows, stakeholders must first understand who is interested in using them and why. In a new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Simon Dubé examines the personality traits of people who say they are (and are not) willing to engage with these technologies. Dubé is a former Concordia Public Scholar who completed his PhD this summer.
“It’s extremely important to understand who the first users are and where the initial demand is coming from,” he says. “The companies that make them need to know in order to adjust and develop these technologies.”