Friday, May 12, 2017

Forthcoming in September 2017

with MIT Press

Neil McArthur (UManitoba) and I have been working on this book for the past couple of years. I'm pleased to announce that it now has a release date and that you can pre-order it on Amazon (US and UK). Here's the description and table of contents.

Sexbots are coming. Given the pace of technological advances, it is inevitable that realistic robots specifically designed for people's sexual gratification will be developed in the not-too-distant future. Despite popular culture's fascination with the topic, and the emergence of the much-publicized Campaign Against Sex Robots, there has been little academic research on the social, philosophical, moral, and legal implications of robot sex. This book fills the gap, offering perspectives from philosophy, psychology, religious studies, economics, and law on the possible future of robot-human sexual relationships.

 ~ Table of Contents ~ 

I. Introducing Robot Sex 

  • 1. 'Should we be thinking about robot sex?' by John Danaher 
  • 2. 'On the very idea of sex with robots?' by Mark Migotti and Nicole Wyatt 

II. Defending Robot Sex

  • 3. 'The case for sex robots' by Neil McArthur 
  • 5. 'Sexual rights, disability and sex robots' by Ezio di Nucci 

III. Challenging Robot Sex 

  • 6. 'Religious perspectives on sex with robots' by Noreen Hertzfeld 
  • 7. 'The Symbolic-Consequences argument in the sex robot debate' by John Danaher
  • 8. Legal and moral implications of child sex robots' by Litska Strikwerda 

IV. The Robot's Perspective 

  • 9. 'Is it good for them? Ethical concern for the sexbots' by Steve Petersen
  • 10. 'Was it good for you too? New natural law theory and the paradox of sex robots' by Joshua Goldstein 

V. The Possibility of Robot Love 

  • 11. 'Automatic sweethearts for transhumanists' by Michael Hauskeller
  • 12. 'From sex robots to love robots: Is mutual love with a robot possible?' by Sven Nyholm and Lily Eva Frank 

VI. The Future of Robot Sex 

  • 13. 'Intimacy, Bonding, and Sex Robots: Examining Empirical Results and Exploring Ethical Ramifications' by Matthias Scheutz and Thomas Arnold
  • 14. 'Deus sex machina: Loving robot sex workers and the allure of an insincere kiss' by Julie Carpenter
  • 15. 'Sex robot induced social change: An economic perspective' by Marina Adshade

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