Robot sex and consent: Is consent to sex between a robot and a human conceivable, possible, and desirable?

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The development of highly humanoid sex robots is on the technological horizon. If sex robots are integrated into the legal community as “electronic persons”, the issue of sexual consent arises, which is essential for legally and morally permissible sexual relations between human persons. This paper explores whether it is conceivable, possible, and desirable that humanoid robots should be designed such that they are capable of consenting to sex. We consider reasons for giving both “no” and “yes” answers to these three questions by examining the concept of consent in general, as well as critiques of its adequacy in the domain of sexual ethics; the relationship between consent and free will; and the relationship between consent and consciousness. Additionally we canvass the most influential existing literature on the ethics of sex with robots.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)305-323
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftArtificial Intelligence and Law
Volume25
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 31 aug 2017

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In: Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 25, Nr. 3, 31.08.2017, blz. 305-323.

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