Coming Soon: Lifelike Sex Robots?

Sep 10, 2014 9:00 AM PST

LOS ANGELES — Advances in adult entertainment technology are attracting mainstream attention, with a new novel by Patrick Quinlan imagining a dark world of high-tech sex emerging “very soon.”

Breakthroughs in the areas of sex dolls, robotics and artificial intelligence will lead to super-realistic sex toys in the near future, claims novelist Patrick Quinlan, the author of seven novels, including “Smoked,” which received worldwide critical acclaim and was translated into four languages. He is also co-author, along with film star Rutger Hauer, of Hauer’s autobiography, “All Those Moments,” which was featured as a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Quinlan’s latest book is “Sexbot,” a thriller about the inventor of a sex robot who is trapped inside her own creation, earning immortality.

“People want this,” Quinlan says. “There are men, in particular, that want women who are beautiful, agreeable, forever young, ever eager for sex, and who don’t have a lot to say. Imagine all the sex you want with none of the interpersonal mess. Companies out there are racing to bring it to you.”

Quinlan imagines that lifelike but largely motionless sex dolls like the Real Doll (made in the U.S.) and the Honey Doll (made in Japan), will soon be wed to advanced robot technologies like the geminoid.

Throw in artificial intelligence that is already mimicking the way human eyes see and how people make decisions, along with voice technology that’s widely available, and you’ve got the ingredients for a very, very realistic sexbot.

“The only thing holding it back right now is the companies that make the Real Doll and the Honey Doll have all the business they can handle,” Quinlan says. “They’re already making a fortune and have no incentive to look into robotics. Meanwhile, the cutting edge robotics scientists are getting paid by governments — governments want military applications, not sex dolls. One day soon, someone very rich, probably a Russian oligarch, will decide he wants a realistic sexbot, and is willing to pay any amount of money to have one.”

Sexbot is available as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and other e-book platforms and will be released as a paperback from Strawberry Books in the fall of 2014.

As the adult entertainment industry continues to make inroads into the realm of haptics, more realistic sex dolls and a fully immersive user experience, it is clear that consumers are waiting in the wings for the fruits of the industry’s innovation — with at least one novelist seeing a potential dark side to it all.

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