Alex Garland's rather impressive science fiction directorial debut, Ex Machina, showed a reclusive software billionaire who uses his wealth and knowhow to create a seemingly sentient robot. He gave his creation an intelligent mind and arguably a soul, but perhaps more interestingly, he also included some sexual organs to boot.
You see, as well as being a billion dollar science revolution, Ava is also basically a sex robot. Indeed, ever since robots were first conceived, certain individuals have been asking the ultimate question: Can I have sex with it?
You can watch the sexy red band trailer for Ex Machina below:
Well, according to research conducted by Dr. Helen Driscoll of the University of Sunderland, soon humanity will not even bat an eyelid at sex with robots. The sexual psychologist claims that by 2070, sex with robots will be as popular, if not more popular, than sex with other human beings. She told the Mirror:
"We tend to think about issues such as virtual reality and robotic sex within the context of current norms. But if we think back to the social norms about sex that existed just 100 years ago, it is obvious that they have changed rapidly and radically."
Driscoll suggests that the programability of robots will make them preferable to humans which, y'know, kind of need to be persuaded into doing all your darkest, most depraved fetishes. She continued:
"As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being. People may also begin to fall in love with their virtual reality partners."
The current generation of realistic 'sex dolls' certainly do not inspire confidence in the concept. In fact, they're probably enough to put someone off the idea of copulation for good. Furthermore, the mere fact I have cleared my Internet history several times while researching this article just goes to prove they have a long way to go before they're even remotely socially acceptable.
I mean, even though everyone nowadays is pretty comfortable with the idea of sex and masturbation, seeing a life-like orifice laden sex doll in someone's bedroom is hardly a welcoming sight in a potential partner. In fact, in one study, only 17% of people in the UK said they would have sex with a robot.
But, of course, who knows what the future will hold? With this in mind, I asked around the Moviepilot office - one of the most depraved places I know - for some sex robot pros and cons.
No more scary, confusing emotions to ruin everything
If sex comes with way too many strings attached for your liking, a sex robot might be the thing for you. If future models really can accurately simulate the physicality of another human, you can engage in as much romping as you like without feeling the guilt of not actually liking the other person all that much.
Absolutely no worry of STDs
There's maybe a chance your robotic sex partner could get a computer virus, but so far there is no scientific evidence to suggest these can be passed on through the act of physical love making.
Can do all the crazy stuff you're too afraid to ask your partner to do
With a programmable robot, you can engage in any number of your wildest sexual fantasies without fear of ridicule. Unless being ridiculed during sex is your weird sexual fetish.
Sex on tap, whenever you want it
No more having to set the mood or being rejected due to ill-timed headaches. You can have sex whenever you feel like it. It probably still won't be encouraged in public, though.
You can always punch above your weight
Have trouble picking up attractive members of the opposite sex? Don't worry, sex robots do not discriminate against the hideously ugly.
Every sex robot is a tantric sexpert
Want your sessions to go on all night? That's fine, too. A sex robot presumably can go on all night, or at least until the battery runs out. They're probably chargeable anyway.
Having sex with the uncanny valley
The uncanny valley is a phenomenon which has long affected robots. Basically, it states that robots which are designed to look as human as possible usually do not quite cut the grade. Instead, they end up leaving us slightly repulsed by their quasi-human appearance.
The cold, dead, emotionless eyes
Even if the robot can be programmed to writhe and sound like a human, those cold, dead robot eyes will always betray the reality that your humping a machine. I don't know about you, but that would probably put me off my stroke.
Someone could make one that looks like you and that's just CREEPY
Or flattering, I suppose.
The sex robot might accidentally share your embarrassing sexual fantasies on your Facebook wall
Y'know, kind of like Spotify does with your embarrassing choice in music. Really make sure you check those privacy settings.
Humans might seem a bit crappy afterwards
A turbo-charged, multi-speed industrial grade RoboShag might make regular old-fashioned sex seem a bit dull.
Where's the mystery?
One of the fun things about dating a real human is slowly figuring out just how much of a sexual deviant they really are in the bedroom. A pre-programmable robot kind of spoils the surprise.
The cheaper models might shout adverts during sex
Just like everything else these days, the 'non-premium' version might come with annoying ads that interrupt the user experience.
Malfunctions could end really horribly
Sex is always filled with little biological indiscretions caused by the human body. However, if a sex robot somehow malfunctioned, the results could be much worse.
Where's the thrill of the chase?
Seducing someone can be pretty fun in its own right, and is an integral part of the sexual experience. Clicking 'Add to Cart' on a website doesn't exactly provide the same experience.
Yeah. I hope these things have a self-cleaning function. If not, the post-coital cuddle might be replaced with a much less relaxing task.
Would you have sex with a sex robot?