Dr. Charles Ess: – In maybe 20 years, it will be not uncommon to have a sex bot around

Human intimate relationships with robots is a topic that researchers disagree on. CeRMI-member Dr. Charles Ess commented on the topic to Sky News after his keynote address at the 12th Human Computers and Choice Conference in Manchester last week.

As a keynote speaker at the 12th Human Computers and Choice Conference, organized by the International Federation for Information Processing, Ess talked about the topic love, sex, and robots. To Sky News he says: "There could be any number of scenarios in which this would be perfectly fine - beneficial and therapeutic. I don't see a moral objection to it. There are good reasons for a middle ground while recognising there are serious concerns."

Photo of Charles Ess at ADAPT
Left to right: Declan O'Sullivan, Linda Hogan, Charles Ess and Damian Jackson. 

Ess also held a lecture on the topic grief online at the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology at Trinity College Dublin last week. ADAPT is a dynamic research centre that combines research from the four Irish universities Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. His presentation highlighted some of the research in the forthcoming MA thesis by Astrid Linnea Løland Hovde.

TheJournal.ie and The Irish Times are among the newspapers that interviewed Ess on the topic digital grief. 

By Cathrine T. Pettersen
Published Sep. 16, 2016 3:54 PM - Last modified Sep. 16, 2016 10:17 PM