(Written by A/C Redwine)
While many technicians and engineers have been creating robots to make products, mow our lawns, haul cargo, among other tasks, there are some who are designing ones for an unorthodox purpose: love. Anyone who’s a fan of science fiction has probably read about or seen these types of robots/androids at least once, but there aren’t any real life versions available to the average consumer yet.
The closest thing we have right now is basically a silicone doll with a motorized mouth, a preprogrammed voice box, a massive amount of motors, and some kind of power source. That being said, there’s a sizable portion of the human population that are willing to spend thousands of dollars for an artificial lover right now.
So, how will this trend change once we have robots with advanced A.I. systems, human-shaped chassis that are anatomically correct (or incorrect if desired), and fake skin to boot? Let’s examine the benefits of having your own love bot.
+ Your Dream Lover Incarnate
For those who are looking for a very specific type of “playmate”, a love bot could be the next best thing for them. Just like a PC, they could customize and program them in various ways to turn one into the lover they dream about every night. Add in some advanced tech (cybernetic bodies and organs, A.I. systems, ect.) and they’d essentially have a lover that they could talk to and live with on a daily basis. The earliest versions of these androids wouldn’t be at that stage right out of the gate, but they will when the technology becomes powerful enough to make a love bot act like a human being.
+ Have A (Fictional) Fantasy Come to Life
Many people wish they could sleep with a specific celebrity or their favorite pornstar, but some dream about doing the same with fictional characters from their favorite forms of entertainment. Love Bots could be the answer to that particular demand. Some companies are already doing so by allowing customers to order love dolls with elf ears, unnatural skin color, among other features. In other words, it’s possible for someone to have a love bot that looks like whoever/whatever they wish in the future.
Also, it could become one of the most bizarre forms of merchandise ever made with regards to entertainment franchises. Some companies in Japan already make licensed love dolls today, but not many of them are at the level of those made by various companies in the U.S.. I doubt any business that doesn’t produce adult entertainment would agree to the idea, but someone could have a custom love bot made to look and act like their favorite fictional character without much resistance once they start being produced in large quantities. It’s when a company offers a preconfigured doll that lawyers will get involved.
+ The End of Loneliness
Let’s face it: there are a lot of people in the world who have a hard time finding a date, lover, or even a spouse. It’s a depressing thing to think about, but it’s the truth. A love bot could end that loneliness, even though it may not be as good as having another person around for most people. Some individuals today buy love dolls because of that and then some.
One of my gamer friends recently spent over $6,000 to have a love doll made by Sinthetics. When I asked him why he did so, it was because he’s the only person that’s living single within a 100-mile radius of his home in Montana and can’t afford to move somewhere else. He also works 12-hour shifts as a truck driver, which doesn’t give him much free time to go on dates to begin with.
Granted, he’s in a somewhat unique situation but there are other men and women who have just as hard of a time finding some form of intimate companionship. Love bots would basically be the next best thing for those who just can’t find a human lover or spouse of their own just as their doll counterparts are today.
++ Final Thoughts ++
I understand if most of those that have read this have negative things to say about having a love bot in place of a human lover or spouse and the companies that make love dolls today. It’s understandable, but it’s a choice that I believe will become more popular over time. Will it bring the human race to the brink of extinction over time? Absolutely not. There are too many people on this planet for that to even become a possibility. If anything, it will become difficult to find someone who isn’t in a relationship with another human or synthetic individual at some point in the future.
As for the present, companies that are currently making love dolls are not just making a decent amount of income. They’re also expanding and increasing their customer base, as well as making improvements to their dolls each year. Like electronics, they will get better and possibly become cheaper to make over time.
Would I spend thousands of dollars on a synthetic lover of my own? I’m not opposed to the idea, but I don’t earn enough to buy one upfront at the same time. I’ll have to revisit this when I’m able to do so and if my dating situation doesn’t change for the better.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. If you want to check out the type of love dolls that I was talking about, I’ve included links for some of the companies below (Warning - NSFW):