The figures are even fitted with a hinged jaw, with 'soft, stretchy lips, ultra soft tongue, soft silicone teeth.' While sex dolls had been produced in Japan since the 1980s, they were made from plastic.
However, Matt Mc Cullen, the CEO of Abyss Creations, the company behind Real Doll, created the dolls with a high-grade silicone, which retains heat and allows for a 'more realistic feel and greater elasticity', according to the company's website.
Richardson believes that the asymmetrical balance of power between human/sexbot is a parallel to the real-world prostitute-john relationship.
"For that market to exist, those bodies must be presented in certain kinds of ways.
And to present a body in a way that you can buy, you can penetrate, you can torture, is only possible if you don't see that other human as a full subject.
Some of these "companions" can engage in "conversation," and can even download different personalities.
SEE: Humans 2.0: How the robot revolution is going to change how we see, feel, and talk This may seem like a fantasy for those who are less inclined (or able) to form real-life relationships. Earlier this year, Richardson, along with Erik Billing of the University of Skövde in Sweden, formed the Campaign Against Sex Robots, whose mission is to raise awareness about how these robots "are potentially harmful and will contribute to inequalities in society." How can the existence of a robot contribute to inequalities?
Harmony's AI system will allow users to choose different personality trait settings for the sex assistant, such as kind, sexual, shy, naive and brainy and choose how strongly these traits are expressed in their doll- an artificial intelligence based sex bot that can hold conversations, remember what she's told and has a customizable personality.
The bizarre doll talks in a Scottish accent, and can be programmed with 18 different personality traits, including 'shy' and 'sexual.'The doll also comes with a 'persistent memory' allowing her to build up relationships with her owners.Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Reclaiming Conversation, recently spoke to Tech Republic about how her research is showing a troubling development coming along with our increased attachment to our devices—a lack of empathy towards each other.Richardson also pointed out the lack of empathy as a natural outcome when we begin treating life-like robots as objects designed for our pleasure. The Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, which recently made headlines when it was banned in Malaysia, is an academic gathering partly intended to make more realistic sex robots.Richardson said that in society today, "the objects are women and children, and the buyers are men.You don't have to be a feminist, you just have to look at empirical data to see there's a market in human bodies." It's a reflection, she said, of what is already happening in society. Now a robot ethics researcher at De Montfort University, she's spent the last 15 years looking at robots "designed to take on intimate roles, that were once thought off-limits to machines—companions, friends, lovers." While the concept of a robo-girlfriend may seem farfetched, there is the prediction that most of us—yes, you read that right—will be having sex with robots by the year 2050.