There is that third thing that couples do in bed: Talk. Or at least they should. So any decent sexbot should be able to make conversation. Intelligent conversation. More than that; psychological support and counseling. Sigmund Freud got his start listening to women. The field of psychology has never recovered. There are sources such as https://anearformen.com/http://menaregood.com/wordpress/ , and https://www.avoiceformen.com/misandry/a-new-psychology-for-men/ which will point out approaches to psychology that are more appropriate for men. It follows then that an artificially intelligent system, whose entire business depends on communicating with men, would have a strong interest in the customers’ mental health. This industry will be able to install an unbiased understanding of men’s psychological needs in every sexbot’s database. This means that the sexbot will come off the assembly line without having been subjected to female-oriented psychological theory. Therefore she can be of service beyond the customer’s momentary physical satisfaction. Yes, this is a creature that seems very like a woman – but she will be better at understanding men than many women seem to be. Repeat business will be partly because of the sex – and partly because of the mental kind of satisfaction. The sexbot service then becomes a one-stop shop for both physical and mental relief. Sexual support plus psychological support. There is a clear economic advantage from combining the two services. This is becoming more than an electric bawdyhouse. At the same time it is becoming more than a therapist’s office. In one visit both mind and body are treated. Not necessarily in that order. As the different sexbot companies compete with one another, the level of service has to go up. Furthermore: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sex-robots-future-could-raise-life-expectancy-improve-mental-health-1641328 The sexbot’s superpower is this: She understands men… and she gives appropriate and useful responses. This might push some women out of the partnering marketplace. That is, unless they can up their game to match the competition. That will require learning some uncomfortable facts about men… and about themselves. Some women will not be able to make that adjustment. I hope they like cats.
Some earlier considerations.....
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 degrading lives. Not to mention that this kind of intimate encounter makes accidental pregnancies impossible. That in turn decreases the necessity of abortion, a complication when both parties are human.
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 making obsolete. 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 other 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.
If you want that.
And possibly, if we can swing it, you can be a product tester.