Survey: One in Six Brits Would Have Sex with Robots

CyborgLONDON – Seventeen percent of Britons — or one in six — would have sex with a robot if they could.

That’s just one of the findings from a 2,000-person survey conducted by UKTV’s Watch television channel as part of its efforts to promote the UK premiere of the U.S. television series Almost Human. The sci-fi drama presents a fictional look at human cops working with ultra-realistic humanoids.

Other startling “sexbot” attitudes revealed by the survey: 29 percent of respondents would not object to other people having robot sex, even if they didn’t care to participate themselves. Forty-one percent thought getting it on with a robot would be “creepy” and 14 percent said human-robots should not be allowed.

On the Terminator/Skynet side-of-things: Three in 10 of those surveyed feared losing their jobs to robots, and a full 39 percent indicated machines will pose a danger to the human race.

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking shares the latter fear.

“One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders and developing weapons we cannot even understand,” Hawking wrote in The Independent May 1. “Whereas the short-term impact of AI [artificial intelligence] depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.”

The UKTV survey also discovered sex work ranks ninth among the top 10 jobs respondents expect to be filled by machines over the next decade. Topping the list were soldiers, followed by factory workers and laborers; astronauts; cleaners; chauffeurs and taxi drivers; police officers; pilots, truckers and railroad engineers; retail staff and waiters, bartenders and chefs.

“Boffins [scientists] are getting closer to turning science fiction into science fact,” Watch TV General Manager Steve Hornsey said. “As our survey shows, while there’s a fear that robots will take our jobs, people also see the benefit, especially when it comes to dirty or dangerous work.”

 

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