Sex robots could encourage rape and paedophilia, says campaigner

'Robotic sex robots could encourage people to abuse children and rape others', says Foundation for Responsible Robotics

Professor Noel Sharkey is calling for a debate on sex robots

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

It's risky to allow potential child abusers and rapists to use robotic sex dolls as it could encourage them to abuse people, according to the leader of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.

The foundation has conducted a consultation on sex robots and the moral issues about them, with the first generation of robots built for sexual function now entering the market.

Professor Noel Sharkey, co-director of the foundation, told Julia Hartley-Brewer there is an argument that potential paedophiles will sate their desires by using the robots, and thus the droids will actually help to avert abuse.

However he does not believe this argument is credible, asking "You can make exact replicas of children - would you want your child as a replica?" 

Instead of reducing the risk of rape and paedophilia, Sharkey believes the opposite will happen - and, in any, case "it’s a very risky experiment if you think about it."

The professor is calling for a debate on the issue before the technology becomes widely available.

Listen to the full interview above