Can Sex Robots Cure Erectile Dysfunction in the Elderly?

July 6, 2017

Depressed old man on edge of bed

Having erectile dysfunction certainly isn’t nice. It ruins people of all ages sex lives, but it is fair to say, it becomes more prevalent as we get older. However, according to a recent report, there could be help on the way when it comes to making things better in that area. What is it you may ask? The answer is sex robots.

The Foundation for Responsible Robotics looked at the use of sex bots in order to give recommendations to policy makers about an industry which as of yet isn’t regulated by governments.

Developing Technology

The report found that over the next 50 years, as robots become more life-like, they could be used to help erectile dysfunction in the elderly, as well out those with other issues.

Professor Noel Sharkey, head judge of TV show Robot Wars and part of the team which carried out the research, said: “Of course the elderly in care homes do want to have sex but it’s kind of against their dignity, especially if they have severe Alzheimer’s.”

He added: “If somebody has social anxiety about having sex or has problems, they get a personal practice without it involving another human being.

“Usually you will have a prostitute surrogate so it might be good for healing from that perspective.

“It’s also been proposed for some people who have disabilities.”

However, there are areas where they really don’t think that robots should be used as ‘treatment. That is in the areas of rape and paedophilia.

Prof Sharkey said: “Some would say it’s better they rape robots than real people but there are other people saying this would encourage rapists more.

“I would say it would encourage paedophilia and make it more acceptable to assault children and it’s not a good idea.”

That has always been a good debate to be fair. Would it act as an outlet for people with deviant behaviour, or would it normalise it? As I am not some sort of psychologist or an expert in the field, then I will stick well clear of answering that one. We will all have our own opinions.

Real Uses For Sex Robots

Where everyone seems to agree that sex robots could be used is at social occasions like stag parties. They could even be made to work in brothels, eliminating, or at least minimising the need for real sex workers to participate.

In a recent survey, it was revealed that two thirds of men would have sex with a robot , whilst two thirds of women are against it.

So come on, would you have sex with a robot? Or is it a bit too weird for you? Let us know by voting in the poll below.

Who knows, one day, escorts may be a thing of the past. What a terrible thought!

Martin Ward
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