The rise to prominence of sex robots, or “sexbots”, is a disturbing one. As technology and cheap sex overwhelm our society, it is no surprise that the two would remain so closely intertwined.
As the internet pornography business booms, porn addiction reaches disturbing heights and sex trafficking worsens around the globe, and yet, there are still new frontiers of commercialized sex to be crossed.
We have covered the man who feels so comfortable around the sexbot he invented that he allows his children to play with it, and also raised serious concerns about the implications of robots that allow for the simulation of rape or that are designed to look like children.
Many argue that sexbots are essentially harmless, in fact, even potentially positive, as they may give men who wish to cheat on their wives, enact a rape fantasy, or engage in sex acts with children, a healthy outlet for their perversion that doesn’t harm anyone.
However, this begs the question: what will it do to a person’s psychological and spiritual health to engage in such an intimate human act with a non-sentient object?
This was the question posed by researchers Neil McArthur and Markie L. C. Twist, from the University of Manitoba, Canada, who recently authored a report on the future rise of the “digisexuals”, as they call it.
The term “digisexual” refers to how McArthur and Twist believe people will identify as they create attachments to their sexbots as the technology becomes more advanced and interactive.
While the sex robots currently in production may look eerily lifelike, apparently they are “primitive” compared to the technology yet to be developed, according to the report, which was published in the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy.
The pair writes:
There is no question, then, that sexbots are coming. Our view is that they will represent a different sort of sexual experience from what existing technologies offer. First of all, people will form an intense connection with their robot companions.
These robots will be tailor-made to meet people’s desires, and will do things that human partners cannot or will not do. For this reason, significant numbers of people will likely come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience.
This is the ultimate diminishment of what the human sexual experience is designed to be. Sexual intimacy was designed to be between a husband and wife and has serious spiritual significance.
In Genesis 2:24, the sacred covenant of marriage is explained in this way: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
In fact, the companionship between men and women is so vital to humanity that the only thing that was not good in God’s eyes before the fall of man was the fact that Adam was alone. God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18).
Post-modern atheists, feminists, and leftists have done wonders to destroy the sacred covenant of heterosexual marriage that all human civilization rests on, and just look at the results. Our culture and society is a smoldering heap of immorality and hedonism.
So one can only imagine the social implications of an entire generation raised to love robots instead of actual people.
You might sometimes think that because we as Christians are called to love one another and share the Gospel, that it is not our place to judge the morality of others. But what is love if not warning as many people as we can of the awful destruction that awaits them without Christ?
Sometimes, sharing the Good News involves stern warnings against the wide path that leads to destruction, and when our entire society is barreling down that path, it is absolutely pertinent that we speak up.