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‘Making love to a GPS’: Sex robot appears on British TV show and it’s awkward

Earlier this week, British network ITV’s This Morning show had an unusual guest.

sex and relationships Updated: Sep 15, 2017 13:36 IST
HT Correspondent
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A sex robot’s appearance on British TV show raises important questions.(@Synthea_Amatus Twitter )

Earlier this week, British network ITV’s This Morning show had an unusual guest.

She looked, felt, and sounded human, talked philosophy and science and was a lot of fun, besides being drop-dead gorgeous. Only, she was not a human.

Samatha was a sex robot, explained Arran Lee Squire, who helped develop the hyper realistic doll with artificial intelligence, to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

The £4,000 doll (approximately Rs 3,44,360) is on sale at sex shops, according to a DailyPost report, and Squire said it can be used by couples to spice up their love lives.

“Sex robots are not to replace people. It’s a supplement to help people enhance their relationships,” said the 36-year-old, who runs a firm called Synthea Amatus.

The father of two children also revealed he has threesomes with the sex robot and his wife.

From the cold touch of the robot that makes it “feel like a corpse” to uttering automated answers to questions (Samantha asks questions like “do you think we could get more sensual?”), the hyper realistic robot failed to impress the hosts and viewers, who took to social media and called Squire a ‘pervert’.

Squire left everyone stunned when he revealed that Samantha is fitted with a ‘family-mode function’ that prevents the doll from making any inappropriate comments at the wrong moment.

“At some point, they are going to go ‘I am now old enough to realise that Daddy has sex with Samantha and Samantha is not mummy. Is that not a bit strange?” Willoughby asked.

But Squire insisted there was nothing weird about the doll and that it was there to “help people”.

His wife Hannah Nguyen, 38, agreed. “Me as a woman I am not offended to have her around. I am not worried she will replace me. She is just someone there like a family member,” Nguyen was quoted as saying by the Daily Post.

But television psychologist Emma Kenny, who also appeared on the show, said robots like Samantha could be the death of healthy human relationships and called it “damaging”.

“Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do,” she contended. “I think sex dolls are a perfect example. We are commercialising women but worst of all we are objectifying them.”

According to the Daily Post report, the doll was launched last month and they have already sold 30 of them - with users able to customise them.

In July this year, a US online company TrueCompanion came under fire for its advertisement of “Roxxxy TrueCompanion” - a sex robot that can imitate rape with a simple switch in the setting.

In India, sex toy markets are illegal under the Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code.

A study by, however, said Mumbai continues to be the biggest city along with Delhi in terms of sale of adult toys, The Times of India reported.

The online portal that sells adult products said the national capital region of Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida contributes to 9% higher sales and 13% more traffic than Mumbai.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 13:31 IST