ECH-savvy “digisexuals” who lust after AI software and realistic robots are demanding human rights.
An emerging sexual identity known as “digisexuality” is said to be gaining traction among open-minded youngsters in Britain, Japan, Russia and the United States.
Research by academics Neil McArthur and Markie Twist, who co-authored a paper titled “The Rise of Digisexuality”, suggests the trend is becoming more commonplace.
These digisexuals are forgoing humans in favour of intimate, and even sexual, relationships with advanced computer software and lifelike robots, according to Markie and McArthur.
One digisexual Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old school administrator who married a virtual reality singer in Japan, deems himself to be sexual minority facing discrimination.
For those who identity as digisexuals, Markie and McArthur believe they may be resistance akin to the pushback against other sexual minorities such as homo, trans, and bisexuals.
Pressuring for human rights protections could be one way in which digisexuals attempt to achieve recognition.
The campaign, it seems, has already begun online.
“I think we are moving towards a system that grants broad sexual freedom and recognises the value of alternative sexual identities in general,” Dr McArthur, a philosophy professor at the University of Manitoba, told Daily Star Online.
“Canada and the Nordic countries are the leaders at this but the rest of Europe and America are not far behind.”