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Instead, he wants to help improve understanding of how social robots in general impact both human psychology and human relationships.

“Especially when it comes to the potential of these machines to cause emotional harm to humans.” Previous attempts to poll public opinion on sexbots have usually asked just several basic questions about whether or not people would have sex with a robot. Their work was presented at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2016) on March 9.

Scheutz and Thomas Arnold, a research associate at Tufts University, went for a more complex survey by having people rank answers to a wide variety of questions on a 7-point Likert scale with 1 meaning “completely inappropriate” and 7 meaning “completely appropriate.” The university researchers recruited 57 males and 43 females through the Amazon Mechanical Turk online service in an effort to get a more representative national sampling of the U. Men and women shared a common understanding of sex robot capabilities and how sex with a robot should be classified in comparison with human relationships.

Those findings come from the first exploratory survey of human attitudes toward sex robots.

Such research has huge implications beyond whether humanity ends up using robots for sexual satisfaction—it can also reveal gender differences in how people view modern human relationships. researcher made headlines by calling for a ban on sex robot technology.

Men and women also diverged in their “appropriate” versus “inappropriate” ratings for the case of using sex robots to practice abstinence.