have often been romanticized in TV and film, but exactly how close are we
to this? CEO of RealDoll, Matt McMullen, believes
we’re pretty damn close. Oh, my God. Turns out the sex industry is where
some of the most cutting-edge robot and artificial
intelligence technology is being done. Wow. It’s a lot to take in. That’s what she said. Matt claims
to have already created one of the first
intelligent sex robots. Yeah, this is Harmony,
the robot. She’s very simply designed
to be a companion. LYDIC: And experts predict
that by 2025, most households
will have a robot lover, raising the question… What do you say to people
who might think– oh, I don’t know– this is the end
of human civilization? Well, I think that people are already tremendously
dependent on technology. We have online dating,
we have social media, we’re connecting all day long
with our phones. Siri, what is he talking about? Yeah. Well,
my goal is for her to have any uses that she can have. It doesn’t have to be about sex. It can be about conversation, it can be reminding you
of things, like your phone does already,
but with a personal touch. Like she gives you a handjob
to remind you to pick up bread? If that’s something that would
remind one to pick up bread, then… you know,
what’s the harm? Okay, so they’re developing
these sexbots with A.I. to look and perform
as if they’re human, but come on, it’s not like
it’s the end of the world. -There’s an end coming.
-Well, shit. Meet robot ethicist
and professional fun sucker, Dr. Kathleen Richardson. She’s been a vocal critic
of sex robots. How is a sex robot
really any different from, like, a vibrator or a dildo on top
of a life-size cardboard cut-out of Wolf Blitzer,
say, hypothetically? Well, if we were just talking
about objects that you rubbed
on your genitals, we wouldn’t be having
this conversation. You don’t need to buy
an expensive doll to do this. -You can use all kinds
of things. -Eggplants. -Yes.
-Pillows. Good old-fashioned subway seat. A cheese grater. But it’s still not sex
with another person. A Citi Bike. What we’re being offered
is a degrading, dehumanized commercial product
that’s basically telling people that women are
reducible to dolls. Ew. She’s right. Sexbots could change
men’s view on women the same way pornography has. And I have to say,
I for one am disgusted with the continual
objectification of women. We’re making
male versions as well. You have a male robot? Oh, my God. -That’s… You said
this one’s taken? -Yes. I was starting
to see how some people could find the idea
of a sexbot appealing. There are a lot of people
out there who might be lonely, -Sure.
-and this is a different way to experience companionship. He had a point.
Not everyone’s a people person. If someone wants
to bang a robot, who are we to judge? Aren’t there some perks
to sex robots? -Not generally, no.
-You don’t think so? I mean, you can, um… sit on them if you want. -Mm. -You can do
those kind of things. Sorry, what else
can you do with them? You could tie their hair up in
a ponytail, if it’s got a wig. You can play soft music
in the background. -A little hot. -You can caress
their rubber hands. And, you know,
you can put a blindfold on it. -Is it hot? It’s really hot.
-And you can make it wear -a tank top.
-Oh, God, I love tank tops. You can do all those things. -Ooh…
-But you’re still masturbating. Yes, you are. It’s something you’re having
exclusively with yourself, for your own pleasure. And I think the consequence
of that is the end of humanism. You really know how to be
a buzzkill, don’t you? End of humanism? Doesn’t get any worse
than that. Except it does. So, some people believe
that in the future robots and A.I.
will be indistinguishable from human beings, and they will take
everybody’s jobs. That’s one thing
these two agreed on: technology is
becoming so advanced that soon robots could be
performing not just sex, but other very complex
human tasks. Yeah, entertainment will be
one of the first places that robots will replace
certain roles. But not my role. Well… it could happen. Yes, she can take a dick,
but can she tell a dick joke? She can. All right, let’s see
what this skin job has. If you turn it in,
she wakes up. Oh, my God. Say hi to the film crew. -Oh.
-Yes, we are. -She’s a fan.
-Are you a fan of the show? -So she doesn’t watch the show.
-That’s funny. I think we have
enough jokes around here. -Wait. She didn’t think you
were funny. -Oh. That’s funny. That was… that was
a condescending laugh. Well, that is… You know what? What is happening? First our
bedrooms, then our careers? If the lines get too blurred, how will we ever be able
to tell the difference? Wait a second. Entertainment will be
one of the first places that… Robots will replace
certain roles. Robots will be indistinguishable
from human beings. Yeah, she can take a dick,
but can she tell a dick joke? -She can.
-That’s what she said. Shutdown… (voices distorting) ♪ ♪ (fly buzzing)