The Loose Women panel have shared their thoughts on whether sex robots might be the answer to helping stop loneliness in the elderly.
The panel discussed whether the high-tech robots, some of which have AI functions which can help them have a ‘conversation’ as well as the obvious, could help those who are living on their own.
Ruth Langsford asked the panel: ‘The current sex bot industry is really focused on young people but maybe it is people over 65 that they should be aiming at?’
Slightly missing the point that the idea would be about having a conversation as well, Stacey joked: ‘I think maybe we should start small and instead of rolling out the sex robots straight away, roll out the vibrators, see how that goes and then move it up a notch.
‘I don’t know why it has to start with the full on sex robot!’
When talk turned to customisation, Janet Street Porter joked that she struggles to wire a plug let alone build her own robot (though thankfully the manufacturers do that for you – they don’t come in an IKEA flat pack to build at home…).
While most people imagine a sex robot to resemble a blow up doll, RealDoll have created a range of high-tech male and female dolls which users can customise to their own specifications.
As well as choosing the physical attributes, they can also modify the voice and personality of their inanimate companions too.
Trials have already taken place in care homes earlier in the year – though with wheeled robots rather than the sex doll variety – which found that the interaction between human and machine could lower feelings of loneliness.
The research, led by Dr Chris Papadopoulos at the University of Bedfordshire, said the trial was not to replace human carers with robots but to help ease lonely periods when residents might not have someone to keep them company.
The trial, which took place in the UK and Japan, found that older adults who interacted with robots for up to 18 hours across two weeks showed a significant improvement in their mental health.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30 on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.