Harmony can move its lips and eyes, turn its neck, and mimic various human expressions.
But more intelligent, more mobile, and more realistic robots will soon become available, which may challenge our view of sexual interactions with machines.
Some even staff a bordello that recently opened in Spain, but they can’t really interact with users.“Right now they’re still more dolls than robots,” says Julie Carpenter, a research fellow in the Ethics Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
“None of the available models are very intelligent or even mobile,” she added in an email. That's Not Such a Bad Idea The dolls are not lively company, and can’t banter with or remember details about the people who have sex with them. "They don’t have any kind of personality or substance other than [what] the user might be imagining." He’s planning to change that with Harmony.
It will be awhile before these robots really look or act like people.
But the sex toy industry — worth billions of dollars globally — is primed for penetration by robots.