A philosopher attending the Love and Sex Robots Conference in London says that pedophiles should be given "child sex bots" (CSBs) as a form of treatment.
"A CSB – like any other sex bot – would be an autonomous, animated, articulated machine with advanced AI that is designed to sexually assist the human users. At this stage of robotic tech, we are still not talking about self-aware or conscious machines," robotics philosopher Marc Behrendt of ULB University in Belgium told RT.
He went on the assert that pedophiles using child sex bots was "inevitable" and that an ethical framework should be set up to manage the issue.
It "might seem immoral, preposterous and creepy… [but] how do we as a society protect children from sexual predators?" Behrendt asked. "Should we incite pedophiles to unlearn and suppress sexual urges as it has [been] until now with limited success? Or should we, in addition to other therapies, try to divert to CSBs and not real children?"
Behrendt said that in combination with other therapies overseen by doctors, it would be "in the collective interests of society" to let pedophiles use child sex robots.
However, Dr. David Levy, author of Love and Sex with Robots, warned that allowing pedophiles access to robots to fulfil their sick fantasies could in fact "make matters worse".
Kathleen Richardson, a professor in the ethics of robots at De Montfort University, goes further than Levy, warning that all sex robots are a terrible development and that "society will come to an end" if their growth is not curbed.