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CREEPY!! Creating Child Sex Robots Is a Terrible Idea

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Last week, at an event called Our Robot Future at Berkeley, robo-ethicists introduced the idea of using sex robots to rehabilitate pedophiles.

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Past Member (0)
Friday July 18, 2014, 4:00 am
Noted with great concern... Thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 18, 2014, 4:33 am
That is creepy, but then again I just read another article you posted whose basic premise said we should keep up with the times.

Ana MESNER (201)
Friday July 18, 2014, 4:37 am
OMG :(

Past Member (0)
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:54 am
Bloody sick. But then again only our demented dumb species can come up with such a thing.

pam w (139)
Friday July 18, 2014, 6:34 am
"Creepy" is an understatement.

Winn A (179)
Friday July 18, 2014, 7:19 am
Beyond creepy to say the least. I seriously doubt that a pedophile can be rehabilitated and live in society without re-offending.

Friday July 18, 2014, 8:37 am
This was an interesting article. I recently listened to a radio show, the mans voice was changed, but basically, he was a 19 year old "pedophile" who had never harmed a child, and says he never would, but he wants HELP. Most psychiatrists turned him away when he was a young teenager looking for help. So, as a mother, and someone who has always wanted to do horrible unforgivable things to people who abuse children (!) I understand this is a sickness, and most of the people do not want it. Something has to be done. The robot thing, creepy and possibly too confusing. But, I am glad to see people thinking of new ways to protect the children! We have to do something. These are sick sick people and we need to find them help as we would any one else with an illness! By helping the offenders we can prevent future victims! Thanks Cal!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 18, 2014, 11:18 am
Creepy as it is I'd rather they place their needs with a robot than a real child. If this can prevent sexual child abuse then that would be a good thing.

Birgit W (160)
Friday July 18, 2014, 2:12 pm
:-( I really don't know where our world is going too. Noted.

Janet R (38)
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:52 pm
I think they would know the difference between a robot and child and they would probably want the real deal. The next logical step would be robots to have sex with, oh no, call girls could lose their jobs. And, let's not leave the women out, they can have robots too. All this sounds very creepy, to say the least.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:57 pm
Noted. I am honestly just at a loss for words on this one, except to say the whole concept feels creepy and very wrong.

Joanne D (38)
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:59 pm
This sentence leaped out at me: "One thing that definitely DOESN'T work is demonizing pedophiles or treating them like monsters. Remember, not all pedophiles are criminals; having an interest in children does not a molester make." And then, in the next paragraph but one, "...a good method of treatment should have two aims: to allow pedophiles to manage their illicit desires and to reduce harm to children." Maybe this won't work, but it seems to me worth a try. If it creeps you out, try to ignore it. Unless you are a close friend or a family member of a pedophile, it shouldn't be too hard to ignore.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday July 18, 2014, 7:42 pm
' “having that sublimation through a robot may, for some, actually increase their difficulties with their arousal patterns rather than meeting those needs." In other words, she argues that child sex bots are pretty likely to redirect pedophilic interests back toward human children, rather than satisfying the desire outright.'

I think that having "satisfactory" sex with a child-looking robot, would RE-ENFORCE the "patterns" of wanting sex with a child, and making it SEEM ok, at a subconscious level. Sexual re-enforcement thru pleasure, is VERY STRONG.
What you want to do, is to INHIBIT such desires - keep them from being ACTED on.
You can't stop the desires - but stop them being acted out. But you don't want to re-enforce the desires, either!
INHIBITION would be, developing a Conscience and a Moral Sense -
plus, having EVERYone, including children, learn and know what warning signs there are, grooming, etc. -
plus, having Punishment be a CERTAINTY, not punishment UNLESS you happen to be a Political Figure, someone big in the Sports or Entertainment Fields, or in a Religious Hierarchy. This encourages EVERYone to think they're "Big enough to get away with it".

EDUCATION of children about Sex and saying No, at even a young age, and - there's nothing wrong with this! - letting especially young men know they are not ENTITLED to sex any time any where with any body of any age - in other words, EDUCATING men from an early age also -
that is the ONLY way.

James Merit (144)
Friday July 18, 2014, 9:46 pm

reft h (66)
Friday July 18, 2014, 10:01 pm
I thought the purpose of robots was to do dangerous jobs, help quadriplegics live better lives and such things, I hope they aren't going to spend a lot of time and money on creating robots for this idea.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:36 am
Personally I find the whole idea abhorrent.

Athena F (131)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 2:18 am
I think this would probably just compound the problem.

A: It's not going to "be the same", so the pedophile may feel unfulfilled and seek the real thing. They may even think it works the first few times then get bored with it. That boredom might even make them more violent and frustrated than they were to begin with.

B: If it does seem real enough to keep their interest, it still seems like they'd want to take it to the next level. If they have lots of time to mess with it, they could think of even more horrific ways to abuse children, since they'll have a fake one around every day to experiment on.

I think very few people who are sociopathic to the point of being pedophiles are going to have that little bit of empathy that tells them, robot baby OK, real baby not. I'm not saying NONE of them would be able to use it as a tool to fight off urges, but I do think it would also exacerbate the problem in other individuals.

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Saturday July 19, 2014, 5:30 am

Krista Slavin (195)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 7:51 am
Robots are not going to have the same reaction that a human child would. I don't think this would be a "good" stand in. It's almost like saying, "Hey, your behavior is okay as long as you use a robot child." This behavior is NEVER okay and I think these robots are just wrong to even offer.

. (0)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 8:11 am
This whole thing is just crazy. Just exterminate the pedophiles and would-be pedophiles. They do not deserve to live.

Freya H (357)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 9:20 am
I can see both sides of this issue. On the one hand, it is awfully creepy to use robots this way. On the other hand, better a robot that cannot be emotionally damaged than an innocent child. Yes, pedophiles are sick scum - but maybe it's better to let them have a harmless outlet. On the other hand, it could encourage them to go after real children. So, which is the correct side? I don't know. I feel like a two-headed creature addressing this issue.

Rhonda B (106)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:07 am
This is just very creepy.

Roger G (154)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:40 am
noted, thanks

Stardust Noel (38)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 11:26 am
Not a good idea, creepy & sick is my opinion.

Stevie A (10)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 12:23 pm
Let's just stick with Behavior modification and chemical castration. Other problems are treated with drugs - depression and schizophrenia to name two. I can imagine, all too easily, bots being used as “tutorials" And, even with using bots as sex objects, mightn't lack of novelty ultimately ruin them for pedophiles and molesters.

Gloria H (88)
Monday July 21, 2014, 5:57 pm
cheaper to just castrate them. Oh no, that will never happen in our PC culture. Maybe just let the parents of the molested child meet with the pedophile in a room for a few minutes....problem solved!
I have no pity for people who go around molesting tear jerking excuse that they were molested themselves. Many people have had awful childhoods . Many. I'm so tired of the boo hoo poor me excuse for terrorizing a child.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 12:48 pm
Put some sharp steel teeth in that robot that clamps down like a trap pedo is rehabilitated fast.

Melania Padilla (122)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 9:23 am
Kill the bastards!!! Cannot believe this!!
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