Will Robots Officiate Our Sexual Activities?

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Copulation has always been regulated. Prevailing concerns in America’s sex crisis dictate we augment the regulation process.

It’s proposed that “honestbiosignals deconflict competing interests during animal mating rituals. Regulation may be a primordial precondition for sexual intercourse as well — evidence suggests that anatomically-modern humans in the Upper Palaeolithic complied with sophisticated rulebooks to eradicate inbreeding.

In modern history, America has resorted to similar tendencies when reduced to primeval form: colonial plantation owners acculturated heterosexual fornicating to quell volatile slaves; penal farms incentivized unpaid labor with conjugal visiting for maximal usury; citizens privately consumed pornography in the wake of invalidated obscenity laws, etc. In the computer age, these tendencies are digitized: adult web portal PornHub averaged 56,000 visits per minute in 2017. If congruent, the transhumanist age will automate the dynamic — sentient machines will play a role in regulating human sex acts.

No combination of sensors and machine data can elucidate for a robot the moral relativism necessary to authenticate repulsive behavior; artificial intelligence isn’t offended by humanity. Conversely — uncanny valley aside — social robots are innately innocuous. Industry-standard algorithms rule out culturally-insensitive behaviors by way of apropos parameters. Physical cues are analyzed in real time to delineate healthy boundaries; proximity breeds better data. Advanced machines can coexist with humans in private, even amidst carnal activities.

An alternative to virtual dating and relations with sexbots is data-enabled copulation. Information technology is evolving to embed microcomputers in wireless touchpoints. As connectivity is enhanced, network entry points will permeate the American lifestyle to include sexual practices. Seamless interactivity in the bedroom can ensure sex partners achieve mutual and optimal satisfaction. Standoff devices might tally the physiological signatures of genitalia; non-invasive wearable sensing technology might monitor reproductive processes. Cloud-induced machines might intercede with partners if their interplay data is indicative of an unsatisfactory outcome. Performance-data uploads might update profiles to refine matchmaking, etc.

Computer-mediated communication in intimate settings can also foster the reduction of sexually-derived risks. Gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia cases are at record levels in the United States — robots equipped with sample-processing apparatuses could conduct ad hoc screenings of candidate partners. Similar measures could verify cognitive health as well. Perpetrators of nonconsensual sex acts are adopting asymmetric tactics to leave victims with uncorroborated accusations. Robot mediators could test for date-rape drugs, blood alcohol content, prescription medications, drowsiness, etc. — and confirm unequivocal consent beforehand with voice data. They could also interdict real-time abuse by alerting authorities of anomalies, e.g. “stop” pleads.

The legal landscape is transforming to accommodate humanity’s metamorphosis into hyper-able beings. Tech companies deemed too big to fail lobby endlessly for policies that shield new lines of business. So, the need for augmented decision-making is inevitable: personal information is ubiquitous, violence is rampant, and legal representation is sparse. Postmodern Americans require a helping hand — their interests, opinions, and predispositions are now the targets of highly-adept criminals. Artificially intelligent advisors — emboldened by machine learning — can shepherd humans through foggy circumstances, even in sensitive situations. Should they officiate our sexual activities? Based on the news headlines — probably.

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