The rise of sex robots is presenting increasingly difficult moral and legal dilemmas, an expert has warned.
Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with sex dolls increasingly lifelike.
“Humans having sex with other humans who are unable to consent to sex, like children and adults lacking decision-making capacity, is seen as unlawful and unethical.
“So is human/animal sex. Such groups are recognised as sentient beings who cannot consent to sex with interests in need of protection.
“Sentient, self-aware sexbots created to engage in emotional/sexual intimacy with humans disrupt this tidy model.
“They are not humans, though they will look like us, feel like us to touch and act as our intimate and sexual partners.
“While they will be manufactured, potentially from biological components, their sentience, self-awareness and capacity for relationships with humans mean that they cannot simply be categorized as things or animals.