The Digital Love Industry: A Future of Sex With Robots & VR (NSFW)

My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:

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Like all life on Earth, the human species had evolved to become who they are today via natural selection. Alongside it there was a byproduct as well: sexual selection. Not only was sex crucial in the survival of our species, but the act of sex had evolved over time to fit the conditions of the modern day. We are no longer at the brink of death, thus sex is no longer a tool for our survival, rather a mere pleasure of entertainment.

It is then safe to assume that, as our species continues evolving – whether it be biologically or technologically – the act of sex will evolve in parallel. In fact, as we are witnessing the exponential growth of technologies, from virtual reality to physical reality, we are also witnessing the future of sex – a digital love industry! As more and more humans become cyborgs, as robots and A.I. become superintelligent, and as the virtual world continues breeding virtual people, a new market is arising with sex at the forefront.


The Digital Love Industry Synopsis

In Digital Love, VICE investigates how love and sex is faring in the digital age, starting with technology’s notorious bedmate, the adult entertainment industry. We make a pilgrimage to LA’s “Porn Valley” to witness firsthand how virtual reality is scarily close to creating fully interactive porn before heading to Europe’s sex capital, Amsterdam, where the Dutch enthusiastically enlist the use of “teledildonics” to enhance their long-distance relationships.

Along the way we pick apart the digital world’s grip on today’s relationships. Apps and the rise of social media have revolutionized dating, while virtual affairs end real-life romances and online role-playing games have gone X-rated. Finally, we take a look at a very modern taboo and ask: Can man’s relationship with machines ever translate into real-life intimacy?


FUTURE IMPLICATIONS

The implications to the digital love industry are both vast and diverse. As a sexual species, it is only logical to witness the techno-evolutionary growth of both ourselves and sex itself. In the 21st century sex has become a tool of pleasure rather than survival, and soon it will be expressed in more ways than between mere humans. Eventually there’ll be sexual relationships between humans and cyborgs, humans and robots, humans and virtual people. How they’ll be expressed is still left to the imagination, but very soon we will find out. Are you ready?

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