“It sounds like I’m saying I want to regulate what people get up to in private,” says Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. “Then, obviously people get very concerned about that because it’s like, who are you telling me what to do with my private life?” Richardson, who describes herself as a feminist-humanist, wants to clear up any confusion about her position and the agenda for the Campaign Against Sex Robots. “Sex robots emerge out of commercial and illegal ideas about sex where you don’t have to have empathy for another. You don’t have to take into account what they’re thinking and feeling and experiencing and you can objectify them… I’m anti-anything that turns human bodies into commercial objects for buying and selling.” In this series on sex robots, a sex robot creator, an activist fighting sex robots and a sex robot beta-tester, share their views.
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