Sex robots will be considered normal within 30 years, claims a doctor who predicted their rise over a decade ago.
Dr David Levy predicts that just as homosexual marriages were once considered alien, views of artificial intelligence will change rapidly as technology advances.
By the year 2050, those who oppose to humans legally tying the knot with a talking sex machine will be the minority, says Dr Levy who published Love and Sex with Robots in 2007.
The AI expert told the Daily Star that sex robots will be a force for good as lonely singletons around the world will enjoy companionship for the first time.
Dr Levy said: "It’s not the end of society, although there are people around who for many years have been saying that robots will take over the world, but it’s not an end-of-society thing at all.
"In fact, I think it marks an important, positive step for society because I’ve always felt, ever since I started writing about this, that the greatest advantage of having life-like and human-like sex robots was for people who for whatever reason are unable to form relationships of their own with humans.
"Good sex robots that are convincing in their appearance and their performance I think will help such people to become less lonely and make them happier."
The London-based expert predicts a future society of inter-robot relationships, where they are no longer looked upon as freakish and seedy.
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Speaking to the Daily Star ahead of The 6th International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots, Dr Levy said: "I think that my ultimate time estimate that there will be by the year 2050 marrying robots, falling in love with robots, having sex with robots on a regular basis, I think that time-frame is still very much on the cards.
"We’re 30 years away from that I think developments in AI have been moving forward at pace, I think some of the most difficult problems in AI with massive amounts of research and development applied to them and also the dollars necessary to do that.
"There are people who have feelings of love for their sex dolls so I think think the potential is there for a large amount of humans to fall in love with sex robots but the technology isn’t there yet."
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The prospect of sex robots being common place in homes may sound unbelievable right now but Dr Levy, who co-founded an academic conference on the subject, claims scientists will make it happen.
He continued: "As with most scientific and technological fields, the growth in our knowledge and understanding of those fields is exponential because the more one knows about a particular science or a particular technology, the quicker it is to make the next advancement.
"I think we can look forward to two or three decades of very rapid development in this field.
"I think it will be accepted by the majority of the world’s population, some people will still regard them as strange."
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Dr Levy compared current attitudes towards marriages with sex robots to views and laws over other banned relationships in recent history.
He said: "If you think back to the beginning of the 20th century, if someone had said to you then that within a hundred years men will be marrying men and women will be marrying women, you would have had them certified and carted off to the nearest asylum, look how that has changed.
"In the United States, the whole background to marriage legislation has changed hugely.
"It’s not so long ago, it’s within in my life time that it was illegal in some states for black people to marry white people and even to have sex with people across the colour line, look how that’s changed.
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"I think human moral and sexual mores have changed a lot in the last hundred years, especially in the last 50 years, and I think that the change is going to speed up."
The 6th International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots will be streamed live from August 18 to 19, providing the public with an insight to the future of AI in the bedroom.
Dr Levy who was almost jailed for previously organising the conference in Malaysia, added: "We are still in the nascent stages of this science.
"People coming to listen to talks will be able to look back in future years and decades and remember that they were there listening to some of the ground-breaking work being discussed."
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