“Thank you for holding, I’m Jake a RoboSex customer service representative. How can I help?”
“Yes, my brand new Daphne doll hates me and won’t let me have sex.”
“Okay sir, have you tried turning Daphne on?” Fantasy. There’s nothing wrong with engaging in some imaginative fun with your partner. As long as there is consent and you’ve established a safe word, nobody gets hurt. While I may not be into it, what you do, is your business. Sergi Santo has built an interactive sex doll and he’s been taking some hits in the media. Admittedly, his videos of the homemade sex bot are comical. However, I can’t think of any pornographic media that isn’t completely unrealistic. I don’t think Santo has gamified relationships. I think he’s fucking a toy.
This is the age of technology. A blow up sex doll was no longer cutting it in the 90s. So freakish, posable hunks of plastic that cost $5000 were created. At the moment companies are trying to give a voice to these silicone shags. The creator of the RealDoll has been working on it, but Sergi Santo has built his own. Meet Samantha.
Users have to get Samantha in the mood. Touching her hips, her shoulder and kissing her puts her in a “romantic mode.” Of course, this is a programmed response. And that has concerned some critics. Over at Mic there’s concern that Samantha will give men the wrong idea about consent. Those folks fear that Santo and his customers will think there’s some cheat code to activate an actual woman’s “romantic mode.” All they have to do is keep trying things, consent or not.
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start! Am, I doing this right, baby? I’d argue that a person who genuinely believes that touching a woman in a certain place will make her hot to trot is mentally unwell. Using a sex bot or not, that unstable person is probably going to mistreat a woman is his or her lifetime.
Fallacy in Porn and the Issues
What Santo has done is not new. Japanese men have fallen for virtual girlfriends and a number of those porn games on Patreon are dating simulators. Buy some gifts, choose the right conversation options and maybe you’ll score. This modern porn is mimicking XXX films. The porn cliché of the delivery man dropping his pants to deliver his package is pure fantasy. Do women who go to male strip clubs believe firemen alway remove their gear in a sexy dance?
Fantasy is great until it stops being fantasy. Kids as young as 8 years old are exposed to porn thanks to the internet. Some young people believe that what they are watching is real. Growing up with this twisted reality will create issues with consent. If those young people also get access to Samantha the sex bot or the unrealistic dating simulators the problems will compound. Yet, the answer isn’t to ban these fantasies. The answer is education. Sex education needs an overhaul, and it needs to be a part of every curriculum. The author of the children’s book Everybody Poops needs to write a sequel called Everybody Fucks. The Netherlands is a great example of sex education done right.
Is our future the one depicted in the Terminator films? Will A.I. eventually destroy us? Will we have relationships with robots like these men and their RealDolls? More discussion on the future of A.I. can be found in recent episodes of Awkward Human’s Supercharged. If you want to learn more about Sergi Santo, you can watch some more strange videos at Synthea Amatus. Just remember, everyone has fantasies and as long as they’re not hurting anyone, it shouldn’t be a big deal. It will all work out in the end. Right, Ryan Gosling?