By Caleb Keith –
A virtual reality designer, an engineer, and a porn star walk into a bar… They walk out with a billion-dollar idea. Build a sexbot that incorporates interactive virtual reality porn with low-grade robotic engineering. This scenario, while fiction, isn’t far off from the future we will see in the next 10-20 years. The sexbots are coming! In fact, crude versions are already here. Once sexbots hit the mainstream and become more refined, the craze is sure to kick off. After all, we keep looking for ways to enjoy sex and retain none of the risk, commitment, or consequence that goes along with it.
Current sexbots have the appearance of a plastic mannequin, a silicon vagina/penis, and built-in audio feedback. These are not much more than a glorified sex toy, and due to their expense and cumbersome nature I doubt this particular phase in the game will become popular. However, technological success is rooted in collaboration, and a crude sexbot can go a long way with little help from two other industries. The rapidly rising and improving virtual reality industry and the porn industry are where the future of sexbots is heading. An interactive virtual reality program, modeled with porn, and combined with a silicon clad robot that communicates with the program would reshape the sex industry.
I hope nobody who is reading this is too surprised or shocked. After all, sex culture has already managed to turn humans into sexbots. The rise of birth-control, the legality of abortion, and a society that protects personal choice above all else has already made it so you can pick up a human acting like a sexbot whenever one has the urge. While birth control can delay or guard against the biological aspect of sex, robotics remove it completely. Sex has been reduced from two parts down to one. The biological consequences of sex have been ignored and manipulated leaving room only for emotion and pleasure. Intimate relationships have become a means to a sexual end.
Sex has been abused in every era; prostitution, promiscuity, rape and a long list of sexual abuses have been issues long before reliable birth control and 21st-century autonomy ethics. Sexbots are the next step in humanity’s constant abuse of God’s gift of sex, and in some ways it is a better alternative to sexual abuses made with or against another human being. However, we will see new consequences such as detachment from human relationships and new questions about marriage and the purpose of sex. How will we as Christians face this new challenge? I would purpose that we not focus on this one particular type of abuse but direct our efforts towards revising how we approach sex with each other and our children.
We cannot be afraid of sex, either avoiding the topic altogether or by demonizing it publicly. Instead, we should talk about it openly with our children, emphasizing both its biological role and its emotional one. Do not tell young adults that children are a roadblock to their future, and at the same time don’t tell them sex is only for begetting children. Encourage them to embrace marriage and commitment rather than telling them to wait until they have life figured out to get married. Uplift the gift of sex and emphasize its place in marriage. Sexbots will be a problem, but the root of the problem is nothing new. Our state in sin is the problem. Instead of treating symptoms let’s treat the disease. Pronounce God’s forgiveness in Christ to the world steeped in sin and live in the blessing he grants all those who trust in Him. Finally, in our families, treat marriage, children, and sex as blessings from God rather than curses.