17% of Brits say yes!
One in six Brits would make love to a robot, while at least a third are fearful of robots replacing them in the workplace, a new survey by One Poll has revealed.
About 2,000 people in UK were questioned on their attitudes toward androids ahead of the launch of a new Sci-Fi TV series called Almost Human.
More than a quarter of respondents surveyed said that robots would one day be capable of feeling human emotions, while 46% felt that technology was evolving too quickly and undermining traditional ways of life.
Robots taking over key jobs was a major fear among respondents, with 42% believing that they will replace teachers in future classrooms, while about 10% expect RoboCop-style police to take over the streets in the next 10 years.
Although 35% expressed alarm over the use of unmanned military drones, 11% willingly conceded to owning some sort of a robot as a child. The idea of replacing a beloved pet with a robot appealed to about a fifth of the respondents.
One of the most surprising findings from the survey relates to sex, with one in six people (17%) willing to have sex with a robot, marking a leap in the realm of digital romance. In contrast, about 41% feel the idea is ‘disgusting’ and a further 14% think that robots should not be used for sexual gratification.
4% of respondents expect prostitution will give way to technology in a couple of years while one out of five people are willing to hire robot sex workers for a night.
Creepy as it may sound, the notion of having a sexbot does not seem to be far from reality. Sex between humans has been on the decline, with the trend not confined to UK alone.
In Japan, nearly half of women between the age group of 16-24 are "not interested in or despise sexual contact" while increasing number of men in other countries are opting for relationships with virtual women, reports thedailybeast.com.
Artificial intelligence, though, is already making its presence felt, with President Barack Obama recently talking with and playing soccer with a humanoid robot in Tokyo.
Martin Smith, professor of robotics at the University of Middlesex, who oversaw the One Poll survey said: "While many of us worry about the role of technology and machines in modern society, robots are increasingly being developed for important roles that will help protect and improve our lives.
"Though many fear their jobs will be taken over by machines, it is more likely that robots will be used as assistants, and the future workforce could have the benefit of avoiding hazardous and repetitive tasks rather than suffer mass redundancies."
Created by JH Wyman, Almost Human is a new TV series set in 2048, where crime rates have risen by 400% and every human police officer is paired with a humanoid robot.
"As with the android policemen in new TV series Almost Human, it is true that robots are being increasingly used for tasks that put human lives at risk – a computer-controlled machine can be programmed to approach a terrorist in a suicide vest or clear a building overtaken by gunmen," Smith added.