A few months back I published an article in the Journal of Evolution and Technology entitled "Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee". The article was part of a symposium on future impacts of technology on employment and the potential need to reform social welfare. The article explored the possible effects of advances in robotics on the sex work industry. I summarised the arguments in a blog post entitled "Will Sex Workers be Replaced by Robots? A Precis".
Unsurprisingly (I guess), this article has proven quite popular, and has been discussed on a number of other websites. As an exercise in shameless navel-gazing, I thought I would try to collect links to all those websites here. If you know of any more, please let me know:
- IEET - "Will sex workers be replaced by robots? A Precis" - this is just republication of my blog post, but it has garnered over 13,000 views so I thought it was worth listing.
- Business Insider - "This Law School Professor Thinks that Robots May Lead to an Increase in Prostitution?" - a summary of my article. I should not, of course, be referred to as a "professor", at least not under the UK/Irish academic system.
- Above the Law - "Would You Believe Your Law School Tuition Pays for Sexbot Research" - A somewhat negative article which disagrees with the notion that students' tuition fees should pay for research into this topic. But as the author notes, the tuition situation is not as bad in my neck of the woods as it is in the US.
- Future of Sex - "Will Sex Robots Actually Replace Human Sex Workers?" - This one includes extracts from an interview with me.
- VICE: Motherboard - "Prostitution Will Survive the Rise of the Robots" - Another interview with me, this time via email. This was republished and translated onto the French, German and Romanian versions of VICE.
- Pando Daily - "Academics Dream of Electric Sex Workers" - Another slightly negative, or at least tongue-in-cheek take on the topic. Based partly on an interview with me, but featuring a number of inaccuracies (e.g. it's not true to say that the majority of research on this is conducted by "stodgy British scholars". We may be stodgy, but as far as I am aware most of us aren't British)
- Pando Daily - "Pew Report: "Sex Robots will become Commonplace" - As the name suggests, this is actually a report on research done by Pew into robotics and the workplace. Nevertheless, it does briefly mention my article.
- Ekstra Bladet - "Sexrobotter tager ludernes arbejde" - Definitely NSFW! I have no idea what this says, but apparently Ekstra Bladet is a Danish tabloid, and one of the more popular Danish news websites.
It is noticeable that few of these mention the basic income part of the article.