Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFunke, MB, Boxall, SF, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Date Published09/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractDouglas Hines has designed what he calls the "world's first sex robot." Her name is Roxxxy, and she can respond to touch and hold simple conversations. Hines initially wanted to design a home health care aid for sick or elderly people, but the project became mired in bureaucratic paperwork and he had to turn to other markets. There are many potential benefits to sex robots including no STDs, no problems with consent, and it may cut down on sex trafficking or harm to sex workers. However, some worry that sex robots could encourage people to withdraw from social interactions with humans in favor of those with robots, and could allow people to act out their most perverse fantasties or violent urges on sex robots, and allowing such behavior with robots could encourage some people to behave similiarly towards other human beings.
NotesCase from the 2014 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright 2014, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Audience LevelUndergraduates