The rise of the female sex robot is inevitable. Look at the economics: Currently the most responsive sex dolls, hardly robots, have a price in the tens of thousands of dollars. A reasonably reactive robot, one that moves realistically and is a soft where it needs to be soft, will cost a million or more. But don’t assume that this is just a rich man’s toy.
Not necessarily. The costs will be distributed among a lot of users.
Yes; robot prostitution. Of course, a critical concern is sanitization between customers. The materials have to tolerate the disinfection process. Or the critical parts swapped out and disposed of. Or some combination of the two.
These service robots free a lot of women from very degrading lives. Not to mention that this kind of intimate encounter makes accidental pregnancies much less likely. That in turn decreases the necessity of abortion, a complication when both parties are human.
The economics are clear: This will happen. But before the first model comes off the assembly line there’s a problem. A non-technical problem.
It is no longer reasonable to call them “prostitutes” though those are the jobs they are obsoleting. English is loaded with euphemisms for sex work. But no delicacy of speech can lend respectability to the business. Not when it depends on the exploitation of human beings.
So what’s a better general name for these; robowhores, hookerbots, ladybots….? It’s unfortunate that I came up with a pejorative term in the course of writing The House of Clockwork Women. I’m not repeating it here.
Unquestionably, the manufacturers will come up with different individual names for their own lines. Right now that's not the issue., At this moment, I’m announcing a contest, looking for a reasonable generic term for this class of imitation women. The prize will be that your name will eventually go down in history, though possibly just as a Wikipedia footnote.
And possibly, if we can swing it, you can be a product tester.