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Turned On: The rise of sex robots

Are we going to be swiping right on robots?

The porn industry is worth billions and its exponential growth – due to the proliferation of high-speed internet and a healthy dose of Viagra – shows no sign of slowing down. There is a race to develop realistic sexbots, who emerge from their packaging complete with perfectly warm silicone skin. It’s only a matter of time before these robots are opening our doors and climbing into our beds.

How will the advent of sexbots change our relationship to sex and each other? Will we program our robots to say no? To feel love and jealousy?

Join computer scientist and sex robot expert Kate Devlin for an intimate discussion. Learn how technological advancements in robotics will affect gender, politics, sexuality and surveillance.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and is a part of the UNSW Grand Challenge: Living with 21st Century Technology.



Wednesday 3 July 2019 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm


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